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Barren County KY Court Records


Sandra K. Gorin, Gorin Genealogical Publishing   Volume 2 of Barren's Black
Roots, Michelle Gorin Burris, (c) Aug 1992). By permission of the author.


Deed Book I:


Page 9: Wm Lewis of Barren Co, heir of Francis Lewis, deceased of Henrico Co VA release to Wm W.

Stockton the slaves of the estate. 1821


Page 31: Barnett Smith emigrated from VA in 1821. Took oath that his slaves would not be placed in slave market, for family use only.


Page 106: Walton Bush gives his daughter Martha Ann the gift of a Negro girl, 1821.


Page 114: Andrew Walters deeds to Barnabas and Judith Walters (parents) a Negro woman and her two small children, 1821.


Page 149: Joseph Galloway takes oath re slaves purchased in Virginia, 1821.


Page 157: Clerk of Barren Co Court binds Mischal Month, Delilah Month, Mary Month and Margaret Month, children of Betsy, a free woman of colour to John Shirley, 1821. Mischal born 8 June 1820.


Page 209: Clerk binds a 3-year old Negro girl, daughter of Sally Carter, to Dr. George Rogers to learn the trade of housekeeping, 1821. Dr. Rogers lived in Glasgow.


Page 236: Frederick Moss for love and affection for his daughter, Amy Vance and his grandchildren, Wm and Albert Vance,  Negro boy named Hendrick who is about 11 years old.


Deed book J:


Page 273: Joseph Rogers Underwood and Edm’d Rogers (his uncle) trustees of the will of George Rogers, decd. To hold the estate for the benefit of daughter, slaves, 1823.


Page 575: “Know all men by these presents: That I, Reuben Dale, of Barren County do hereby constitute and appoint Silas Burks of the County of Green in the State of Kentucky my agent and attorney in fact for the purpose of apprehending and bringing home my Negro man Lewis who ran away from me a year ago last spring and my said attorney is hereby fully authorized and empowered to take said Negro man wherever he can find him either in this state or elsewhere and to take all legal measures to convey him to me. Lewis is about 23 years of age, about 5 feet 10 inches high of a yellowish complexion, spare made, the joints of his thumb where they join his hands stand high. He has a scar from the cut of an axe on one of his ancles on the inside. In testimony of the authority hereby given to my said attorney, I hereunto set my hand and seal, this 9 Jan 1826, /s/ Reuben Dale.


Deed Book K:


Page 44: John Tilford frees Negro woman Aggy, about 68 years of age on 15 July 1822.


Page 139: Joseph B. Stockton deed to James Hall, 15 Dec 1823. Stockton had purchased a family of Negroes now in the possession of Hall: Dick, Jinney, Eliza, Vincy, Marshall, Henry, Byram and May.


Page 151: Lipscomb Norvell to Stacy Bell, 1826. He had purchased 100 acres of land at the head of Beaver Creek and reserved a certain lot of that land for the benefit of his Negro man, Aron of 17 ¼ acres.


Deed Book L:


Page 40: William Jones sold his slaves to Silas Redford, 1826.


The following is the first deed where an African-American sold property in his own name.


Page 136: “This Indenture Made and Entered Into this 6 of October 1827 between Rose, a free woman of colour of the one part and J. R. Underwood of the other. Witnesseth: that said Rose for and in consideration of $20 in hand paid, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged hath bargained and sold and by these presents doth bargain, sell and convey unto the said Underwood, all her right, title and interest in and to 100 acres of land lying in Barren County and which was conveyed by the said David Shipman to said Underwood by deed dated 26 September 1827 and duly recorded reference to which is here made for a more particular description of said land the interest of said Rose being a life estate in the land. To have and to hold the same to the said Underwood, his heirs and assigns forever. In testimony whereof said Rose hath hereunto set her hand and seal this day and year first written. /s/ Rose (X). Attest: R. D. Maupin, Franklin Gorin.”  Note: Joseph R. Underwood was a judge and lawyer both in Barren and Warren Co KY.




List of slaves belonging to Thos. N Pace  21 Mar 1857:


Jim, a man between 47 and 52 years old

Sarah, a woman between 37 and 42

Harriet, a girl between 10 and 12

Clay, a boy between 8 and 10

Henry, a boy between 6 and 8

Jane, a girl between 6 and 8

Julia, a girl between 5 and 7

Caroline Elizabeth, a girl between 3 and 4

Elbert, a boy under 1 year old..


“Whereas Alice Wells, a girl of Color Was bound by the Barren County court to Wm. Wells by order of court & regulaa Indentures. And whereas she has arrived to twenty-one years of age, She has intermarried with the undersigned Bill Smith and is now his wife. Therefore We release him from all further dictates on his undertaking in said binding. /s/ Bill Smith, dated 29 Nov 1869, Attest W F Wells, J Ford.”


“We the undersigned Commissioners appointed by the Barren County court December term 1851, to allot to Mary Herndon, widow of John Herndon, decd. Her dower in the Slaves of her said decd .husband and divide the remainder of Slaves between the legal heirs of said decedant after being first sworn proceed to the allotment.


Widows dower:  Charles, Negro Man               $600

                      Alexander, Negro Boy      $500

                      Eliza, woman              $300

                      Sharlett, old woman       $150

                      Mary, old woman           $100


Other names cited in the allotment: Thomas, , James, Frank (boy), Elizabeth (girl), Louan (girl), Hardin (boy).


Estate of Thomas Wade allotment of slaves mentions the following: Ned, Billy, Nancy, Jane, Maria, Peggy, Oliver, Ann Virginia, Daniel, Henry Clay, Edy, Rhoda and child Cynthia, Nathan, Sophia, Thomas Jefferson, Charles, Monroe, Kitty the Elder, Mary, Kitty the less, Sarah, Malinda and child George Harrison, Spencer, Jourdan, Lucinda, Matilda and child Louisa, Harriet, Austin, Sarah Frances.  Also cited are: George, an old man of about 75 years of age and Lewis who is sick. (December 1849).


Deed between Benjamin B. Duke and John Jordan, of colour. For $150, land in Barren Co. Not dated.