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Barren County, Kentucky Emancipation Papers


Barren's Black Roots, Volume 3, Michelle Gorin Burris, Gorin Genealogical Publishing,

(c) May 1993



“Know all men by these presents that I, Samuel W. Stark of the County of Barren and State of Kentucky for divers good causes do by these presents forever Emancipate and Set free a Negro Man named Henry which ascended to me from my Father Daniel Stark. Said Negro Man is of a Copper Colour about forty years of age. I do hereby set him free and discharge him from all Service to me hereafter. In witness whereof I have hereinto Set my hand and Seal this 17th day of January 1842.”


                                                                                                                /s/ Samuel W. Stark {Seal}


“Know all men by these presents that I, John C. Cosby, of the County of Barren and state of Kentucky for and in consideration of the sum of one dollar to me in hand paid the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge; and in consideration of the faithful services of a Negro man slave named David; said slave being my property and in my possession. Do hereby and by virtue hereof emancipate and set free said Negro man David. And I do hereby for myself my heirs & henceforth and forever free and emancipate from any and all claims, which I or any other person, or persons, claiming title by or through me have or hereafter might have to the services of said slave David. Given under my hand and seal this 18th day of December 1843.”


                                                                                                                /s/ John C. Cosby {Seal}



“Know all men that I David Cosby (a man of colour) for and in consideration of the natural love and affection I bear to my son Fountain a slave do by these presents liberate set free and emancipate said slave Fountain, and do hereby release for myself my heirs and assigns all claims to the services of the said Slave Fountain – given under my hand and seal this 15th day of Nov. 1847.”



                                                                                                                /s/ David (X) Cosby



“I Joshua Petty do hereby emancipate, set free & forever discharge from service my Negro man Daniel for good and valuable consideration to me thereto moving- Said Daniel is a Negro slave aged about 49 years – yellow complexion – slender – about 6 feet high. And he is hereby fully discharged from all services to me, my heirs & assigns & all persons claiming under me. Given under my hand and seal this 17th day of November 1845.”


                                                                                                                /s/ Joshua Petty {Seal}


“I Williams Evans, being the owner of a Negro man named Joshua aged between 50 & 60 years, black, about 5 feet 10 inches high, and for good consideration tome thereunto moving, I do hereby forever emancipate & discharge from all liability to sere me or any other person- as a slave, but that he shall henceforth be a free man & entitled to all the privileges granted to free persons of colour, by the laws of Kentucky. Given under my hand this 19th day of July 1847.”


                                                                                                                /s/ William (X) Evans




“Know all men by these presents that I Henry Hays of Barren County Kentucky being the owner of two Negro slaves viz: a Negro man named Dick – a dark color & about 53 years of age and a Negro woman named Rebecca a little inclined to be yellow & about the same age – do hereby emancipate set free and forever discharge said Negroes from the service of myself my heirs & all other persons whatever. Given under my hand this 16th day of May 1848.”


                                                                                                                /s/ Henry Hayes

Attest: Thos J. Helm

Witnesses: James Anderson

                  William Garnett