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Bourbon County, KY Court Orders

Transcribed by Jerry Taylor. 

This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

 

Located in the Bourbon Co., KY Court Orders are numerous emancipation orders that were not listed in the Deeds of Manumission Book. (See Deeds of Manumission Abstracts) In an effort to assist African Americans researching their enslaved ancestors the process is now underway to abstract the manumissions located in the court orders.  These emancipation orders give such information as owner, person(s) being freed, date being freed and on occasion a description of the freed person along with other pertinent information.  It was originally planned to completely transcribe all of the manumissions among the court orders, but since it has been determined that there are possibly hundreds of emancipations among the orders a new course of action of building an index with an abstraction of each would be better suited for this task. In situations where an order gives added information or is determined to be unique in some respect, that order will be transcribed in it's entirety and posted.  Among the transcriptions there will also be an occasional order that does not pertain to an emancipation, but pertains to African Americans and as such added among the transcriptions. This is a work in progress, as these orders are transcribed these pages will be updated regularly.

To view the transcribed orders click here

 

 

Owner

Freed Person

Book

Page

Slave A Page

Date Filed

Date Effective

Description/Remarks

Adams, John

Enos

 C

180

 

03/17/1801

06/01/1810

Age about 16 or 17; to be set free at the age of maturity

Allen, Larry

Mariah

K

213

250

09/02/1833

 

Bound out to Larry Allen

Allen, Larry

Sally

K

213

251

09/02/1833

 

Bound out to Larry Allen

Andrews, John C.

 

K

143

247

 

 

Discharge L 33

Banon, Aaron

Carey

K

396

116

07/07/1834

07/07/1834

 

Barlow, Thompson

Jack

 D

353

 

01/08/1811

01/08/1811

Aged about 48 years

Barnett, Alexander

McGuire, Edward "Ned"

 D

7

 

03/21/1808

03/21/1808

Age 35 years

Batterton, Benjamin

Hannah

F

310

 

09/04/1819

09/04/1819

 

Batterton

George

F

387

 

 

 

 

Batterton Admin.

Willis Batterton

K

398

116

09/01/1834

09/01/1834

 

Batterton, Benjamin

Hannah

 F

310

 

10/04/1819

10/04/1819

 

Becraft, Jonathan

Stevenson, Notley

K

343

110

1/3/1834

1/3/1834

See Deeds of Manumissions

Bedinger, George M.

Sam, Sarah & Chaney

 C

3

 

07/15/1799

07/15/1799

 

Black, John

Dick

 F

82

 

07/17/1817

07/17/1817

Security Bond $200

Black, John

Roger

 E

400

 

04/03/1815

04/03/1815

Age 38 yrs; black complexion; 5' 10" tall; Security Bond set for $200

Boulder, George

Margaret

K

400

215

09/01/1834

 

Age 3 years on the 17th day of July 1834, to be bound out to George Boulder to learn the trade of housewife

Bowles, Bob

Richardson, Harry

K

119

98

12/03/1832

12/03/1832

Mulatto, Age 39 yrs., 5' 10 1/2", weighs 160 lbs.

Brown, Alexander

Lucy

 C

640

 

01/00/1807

12/26/1806

Age 31 yrs.; to be set free to live with her husband who is free;

Brown, Alexander deceased (By Executors: David Purvience, Jeremiah Frame & William Henry)

Mosy/Moses

 D

44

 

08/30/1808

08/30/1808

"Last Will and Testament of Alexander Brown deceased bearing date October the 29th 1795.  That his negroe man named Mosy shall continue in servitude for the space of ten years from the date of said Last Will and Testament and if he behaves well and labours faithfully during that time he shall thereafter be free." 

Carter, George & Robert

Elijah

K

347

111

2/20/1834

3/3/1834

See Deeds of Manumissions

Clark, John

Michael

 C

312

 

03/11/1803

03/11/1803

Age 24; Paid 95 pounds for his freedom

Clinkenbeard, Isaac

Adam

 D

462

 

01/06/1812

01/06/1812

Security bond set at 50 pounds

Collins, Martha; Collins, Foster; Davis, John; Turney, Peter; Spiers, Ransom

Frederick

 D

461

 

01/06/1812

01/06/1812

Security bond set at 50 pounds

Collins, Wm

Lewis, Aaron (Indenture)

K

360

212

04/07/1834

 

Age 11 yrs. last January 25th 1834, to be bound out to Wm Collins

Demitt, Joshua

Louisa

K

213

121

04/06/1835

 

See Deeds of Manumission

Demitt, Richard

Nancy

 E

241

 

04/12/1814

04/12/1814

Age 30 or upward; Also manumitting any future children

Denwiddle, Wm

Bob

K

79

123

 

 

 

Dinwiddie, William

Annica

O

57

 

07/03/1848

 

Emancipated by will of William Dinwiddie; Description: Black complexion; Scar back of head size of half dollar; 4'4" in height

Ellis, Karratis L.

Barlow, William

K

227

255

10/17/1833

 

15 yrs. of age the 20th of February last, bound out to Karatis L. Ellis to learn the trade of Blacksmith, Discharge court order book L page 25

Fleming, Peter

Dinah

 D

152

 

09/04/1809

09/04/1809

Age 30 years

Foreman, John (Deceased)

Asher

F

373

 

07/03/1820

07/03/1820

Set free at the age of 21 years and proof being made that he has attained that age is set free.

Foreman, Mary

Clear or Chloe

 D

460

 

01/06/1812

01/06/1812

Name unclear, top portion appears to say "Clear" but bottom portion list it as Chloe

Free Born

Dorcas Talbot, daughter of Dinah (emancipated by Wm Talbot)

K

291

 

11/04/1833

 

Dinah: bright copper color, 5' 2" high; Dorcas: same color as her mother

Free Born

Tucker, Allen

K

132

 

01/07/1833

 

Age 22 yrs.; certified and sworn to being born free by Wm Allen

Free Born

Jenny

K

301

 

12/02/1833

 

Born May 1825, daughter of Abie Gril?

Free Born

Jesse Henry

K

301

 

12/02/1833

 

Born April 1829, son of Abie Gril?

Free Born

Levi Haden, Alfred Haden & Julian Haden (children of Chloe emancipated by Robert Lucky)

K

425

 

11/03/1834

 

Levi, Alfred & Julian Haden children of Chloe; Levi: age 26 yrs, 6' 2 1/4" tall, scar on back of left hand, slender make, dark complexion

Garrard, William (Paris, KY)

Rachel

F

419

 

03/05/1821

03/05/1821

Age 19 years, a gift from the Will of ? Carter given to Susan Garrard late Susan Peers, wife of William Garrard

Garrard

Laura Hensley

F

436

 

 

 

 

Gibson, Saml

Rachel

 C

136, 137

 

09/15/1800

1807

Age 18; To be freed at age 25 in the year of 1807

Giltner, John

Jeremiah

K

165

105

05/06/1830

05/06/1830

See Deeds of Manumissions

Grafforte, Thos Exec.

Peter, Hedgeman, Jesse & George

K

89

 

10/1/1832

10/1/1832

See Deeds of Manumissions

Grafforte, Thos Exec.

Wesley & Hannah

K

91

 

10/1/1832

10/1/1832

See Deeds of Manumissions

Grafforte, Thos Exec.

Amy

K

87

 

10/1/1832

10/1/1832

See Deeds of Manumissions

Hall, Jesse

Lewis

K

139

246

02/04/1833

02/04/1833

Age 14 yrs., with permission from his mother to be bound out to Jesse Hall for 5 years

Harcourt, John

Hampton

 F

50

 

01/06/1817

01/06/1817

Security Bond set for $100

Henderson, Samuel

Derry

 D

16, 17

 

04/18/1808

04/18/1808

Age 35

Henderson, William

Jerry

K

398

117

09/01/1834

09/01/1834

 

Hickman, Alexander

Sally Hickman (his wife)

 E

246

 

06/06/1814

06/06/1814

my wife Sally Hickman a coloured woman"; purchased from John Lathram

Hickman, William

Alexander

 C

669

 

04/20/1807

04/20/1807

Age between 20 and 30 yrs.

Hill, Jesse

Harry

 C

388

 

03/19/1804

03/19/1804

Being convinced of the injustice of holding in the state of slavery a fellow creature, I do hereby emancipate"

Hilt, Martin

Solomon

 C

716

 

01/00/1808

12/24/1802

 

Hilt, Martin

Benjamin & Hannah

 E

177

 

02/01/1811

02/01/1811

Security Bond set at $500

Hilt, Martin

Winney

 C

254

 

04/10/1802

04/10/1802

being convinced of the injustice of holding in a state of slavery our fellow creatures I do hereby emancipate or set free a black woman by the name of Winney"

Houston, James

Bob

 C

247

 

02/15/1802

02/15/1806

Age "almost seventeen"; to be set free at age of maturity on Feb. 15, 1806

Houston, Peter

Alice

 C

247

 

02/15/1802

01/01/1807

Age 16, to be set free at the age of maturity Jan. 1, 1807

Howard, Elijah

Jacob (last name illedgable possibly ?ines)

K

426

 

11/05/1834

 

Was liberated by Elijah Howard Age 25 years, small scar on upper lip, 5' 8 1/4" tall

Howard, Elijah & Elizabeth

Jacob

 D

507, 508

 

06/01/1812

09/12/1834

Age 2 yrs., 8 months, 18 days; born 09/12/1809; to be manumitted at age 25 on date of 09/12/1834

Howard, James

Anthony

 D

339

 

01/07/1811

01/07/1811

About 42 yrs. old; been in the possession of Howard for 13 yrs.

Hughes, Robert

George

 E

75

 

07/05/1813

07/05/1813

Age 43 yrs.

Irvine, Joshua Admin. (Henry Batterton Admin.)

Willie Batterton

K

398

 

4/21/1834

 

See Deeds of Manumission

Jones, Alice

Robert

 D

162

 

09/00/1811

07/24/1800

Age 3 years; Produced in court September 1809 states originally produced in 07/24/1800 but not recorded.

Lander, Charles

Elijah, Charlotte, Daniel & David

K

257 & 268

 

10/08/1833

10/08/1833

Charlotte:  5' 8 1/2" high, Age 20 yrs., well made, no marks; Daniel: Age 33 yrs., 5' 10 1/2" high, dark color, small scar on his under lip and on the back of his right hand, nice made; David: Age 26 yrs., 5' 10 1/2" high, dark color, no marks, well made; Elijah: Age 36 yrs., dark color, 5' 9 1/2" high, well made, no marks.

Lanime, John

York

F

440

 

06/04/1821

06/04/1821

Mullato; Age 43

Lilly, Thomas

Doll

 D

240

 

01/31/1810

01/31/1810

Produced in court March Court 1811

Luckie, Robert

Chloe

K

425

 

11/03/1834

1805

John Laughlin of legal age being sworn states he is acquainted with Chloe and that she was emancipated by Robert Luckie in 1805; Chloe is appearing in court to get a copy of her Deed of Manumission

Lucky, Robert

Chloe

 C

469

 

03/18/1805

03/18/1805

Age 23

March Exec.

Nat. March

K

438

119

12/01/1834

12/01/1834

See Deeds of Manumissions

Mason, Charles

James

F

327

 

12/06/1819

12/06/1819

Security Bond set at $200

Marsh, Nicholas C.

Porter, Molly

K

274

107

03/04/1833

03/04/1833

See Deeds of Manumissions

Marshall, Humphrey

MIlly/Molly

 F

149

 

04/06/1818

04/06/1818

Milly/Molly, light complexion and being a resident of Frankfort

Marshall, Humphrey

Cook, Lucinda ("a female slave of colour"

 F

126

 

12/02/1817

10/10/1817

order to restore Lucinda Cook a female slave of colour to her natural right"

Martin, William

George

K

324

109

11/1/1833

11/1/1833

See Deeds of Manumissions

Martin, William W

James

 E

352

 

11/05/1814

11/05/1814

 

Mason, Charles

James

 F

327

 

12/06/1819

12/06/1819

Security Bond set at $200

Massie, Jonathan

George

K

3

121

 

 

 

McClanahan, Thomas

David

 D

203

 

09/00/1809

05/13/1808

Produced in September Term of Court 1809

McCormick, Jefferson

Nelson, George

K

244

254

10/07/1833

 

Age 17 on the first day of August last, to be bound out to learn the trade of blacksmith

McIlvain, Hugh & Brent, Hugh

Duley, William

 D

365

 

02/04/1811

02/04/1811

William Duley paid $300 for his freedom

McKee, John

Peter

K

405

116

10/30/1825

10/30/1825

 

Mills, Benjamin

Absalom Porter

 E

194

 

03/00/1814

 

Mullato; Age 36; height 5' 8"; yellow complexion; was to be set free per Will of John Porter dec'd, his former owner;

Moore, John

Cromwell, Oliver

 C

533

 

10/22/1805

10/22/1805

 

Mulherrin, John H.

Jack

 C

663

 

03/08/1807

03/08/1807

 

Mulherrin, John H.

Nan

 C

663

 

03/08/1807

03/08/1807

 

Nelson

 

K

153

248

 

 

P 344

Nunn, Jlai

Jacob & Draper

K

451

120

01/05/1835

01/05/1835

See Deeds of Manumissions

Nunn, Jlui

Tiller

 C

505

 

07/15/1805

07/15/1805

Age 35 years;

Owings, Rachel (wife of Richard Owings dec'd)

Bill & Easter

 E

389, 390

 

02/05/1815

02/05/1815

Order date 02/05/1815; Date on order 01/05/1805; To be released after of the death of Rachel Owings as stated in the Will of her dec'd husband Richard Owens;  Easter is the only one listed as being emancipated; Security Bond $200

Pattons, John Exec.

Obidiah

K

100 & 114

 

12/93/1832

12/93/1832

See Deeds of Manumissions

Porter, Absalom (a free person of colour)

Betty

 E

401

 

04/03/1815

04/03/1815

Betty: age forty; formerly a slave belonging to Samuel Harris deceased and directed by his Will to be sold to Absalom, Betty being Absalom's mother

Porter, John & Deatley, John

Kate

 D

170

 

09/05/1809

09/05/1809

formerly the property of William Porter Senr";

Porter, Louellen

MIlly

 F

148 & 149

 

04/06/1818

12/25/1816

Mulatto; descrepency in date of order, listed in court 04/06/1818 date on order 1816

Purviance, James

Morris, Dinah, Peter, Charety, Finney & Lilly

 C

217

 

09/01/1801

 

Morris: age 45 yrs; Dinah: wife of Morris, age 40; Peter: age 26, to be free after 10/1/1802;Chariety: age 13, to be free after 10/01/1809;Finney: a girl, age 5 yrs, to be free after 10/1/1817;Lilly: age 3 yrs, to be free after 10/1/1819

Purviance, James Jr.

Dorcas

 C

218

 

09/01/1801

10/01/1812

Age 10; to be free at the age of maturity on 10/1/1812

Purviance, John

Hannah

 C

212

 

07/20/1801

02/01/1807

Age 15 yrs; to be freed at the age of maturity 02/01/1807

Raine, John B.

John

F

409

 

01//01/1821

01//01/1821

 

Respass, Thomas (of Fayette County)

Cyrus

 F

185

 

06/26/1804

 

Age 8 yrs; To be emancipated at age 21; Purchased for $300 by his father Joseph Nancy from Thomas Respass

Robertson, James

Dark & Marinda

 C

197

 

04/20/1801

04/20/1801

Woman and child; "from the conviction of unpropriety from holding my fellow creatures in perpetual slavery do take this method to emancipate them"

Rogers

Jack

 F

46

 

 

 

Not located in orders

Rogers, Andrew

Fanny

 C

174

 

01/19/1801

01/19/1801

Age 6 months; to be free at the age of 21 yrs.

Rogers, Andrew

Malinda

 C

445

 

01/21/1805

 

To be freed at the age of 21 yrs.

Rogers, Andrew

Squire

 C

535

 

 

 

 

Rogers, Andrew

Will, Peter, Harrison, Scott & Milly

 C

29

 

09/16/1799

09/16/1799

Will: age 9 yrs; Peter: age 7 yrs.; Harrison: age 5 yrs.; Scott: age 3 yrs.; Milly: age 1 yrs.; All to be freed at the age of 25 yrs.

Rogers, Andrew (of Paris)

Augustin

 D

17

 

04/18/1808

 

Mullato; Age 1 year; To be set free at age 25

Rogers, James

Jack

 C

557

 

03/17/1806

03/17/1806

 

Rogers, William

Emanuel

 F

72

 

05/05/1817

05/05/1817

Age about 60 yrs.;

Rogers, Wm (heir of Nathaniel Rogers dec'd)

Stephen

 C

555

 

01/20/1806

01/20/1806

Age 25 yrs.;

Routt, William

George & his wife Sue

 D

481

 

03/02/1812

03/02/1812

Both aged about 50 years

Routt, Wm

Sarah

 C

621

 

10/20/1806

10/20/1806

 

Sammons

York

F

440

 

 

 

 

Selby, John

Samuel

 D

343

 

01/07/1811

01/07/1811

Age 24 years

Smith, Thomas

Pompey

 C

254

 

04/19/1802

04/19/1802

 

Snodgrass, Benj

Abraham

 C

380

 

02/16/1804

02/16/1804

 

Snodgrass, Robert

Gabriel

 C

380

 

02/16/1804

 

Age 21 yrs. last August; to be manumited at age 25

Spencer, James

Emanuel

 D

161

 

09/04/1809

09/04/1809

 

Steele, William

Peg & Harry

 D

362

 

02/04/1811

02/04/1811

Peg: abt. 30 yrs. old; Harry: son of Peg, age 5, to be emancipated at age 26

Stone, Barton W.

Ned & Lucy

 C

175

 

01/19/1801

 

Ned: age 30, to be free in 2 years; Lucy: age 12 yrs, to be free in 10 yrs.

Taliferro, Robert

Jerry

K

46

 

 

 

 

Thomas, George

Ham

F

417

 

02/05/1821

02/05/1821

 

Thomas, George

Sam

K

101 & 134

 

02/02/1833

02/04/1833

See Deeds of Manumissions

Thomas, George Exec.

Jamar, Jack, Joseph & Leah

K

384

112-114

06/02/1834

06/02/1834

See Deeds of Manumissions

Timberlake, Charles

Jacob

K

201

106

12/02/1833

12/02/1833

 

Trotter, Joseph

Peter

 C

468

 

03/18/1805

03/18/1805

Age 25 years

Tucker, Joseph

Nelly

K

275

108

11/04/1833

 

Age 36 yrs.; Security Bond set $100

Tucker, Oli

Hannah, Wm & Anna

 C

468

 

 

 

 

Tutt, John

Noah

K

115

99

12/03/1832

 

 

Tutt, John

Noah

O

182

 

 

 

 

Wheatland, Mary

Charles

 C

675

 

 

 

 

Whitaker*

Maria

 D

67

 

 

 

 

Williams, Moses

"to his wife" Leah  & children

K

384

116

6/2/1834

6/2/1834

See Deeds of Manumissions

Wilson, Henry

Esther, Stephen, Phebe, John, Jenny & Jacob

 D

37

 

07/04/1808

see remarks

Esther, mullato, to be manumitted date of order; The following to be emancipated when they arrive at the age of 21: "my Mullatto Boy Stephen aged seventeen years the 16th day of May 1808 my Mullatto Girl Phebe aged eight years the 4th of October 1807 my Mullatto Boy John six years old 2nd of July 1808 my Mullatto Girl Jenny seven years of old the 26th of March 1808 and my Mullatto boy Jacob born the 2nd of September 1805"

Wright, James (formerly of Botetourt Co., Va now residing in Bourbon Co., KY)

Ben

 D

406

 

03/03/1809

03/31/1810

Orignal order dated 9/13/1791; to be manumitted at age 21 on last day of March 1810

Wright, James (formerly of Botetourt Co., VA now residing in Bourbon Co., KY)

Sam, Charlotte, Ben, Milly and Jane

 D

447

 

11/13/1811

 

Emancipated in 1795 Botertourt Co., VA with exception of Milly, who is the daughter of Charlotte and has now reached the age of 21 yrs. and is being emancipated in Bourbon Co., KY

Wright, Thomas

Ann Mariah Lewis

K

360

 

04/07/1834

 

Age 11 years on the 23rd day of January 1834,  to be bound out to Thomas Wright

Wright, Thomas

Henry Lewis

K

360

 

04/07/1834

 

Age 14 years on the 25th of December 1833, to be bound out to Wm Collins

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