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Miscellaneous Bourbon County Deeds of Emancipation

Researched by: Jerry Taylor, Transcribed by: Charee Harvey, Jan. 2005

Bourbon Co., KY Courthouse, Deeds of Manumission Book, also titled Slave Book A

 

Jack Bowlen to Delsey and children

Deeds of Manumission,  Page 27

Note:  The name Bowlen may be inaccurate due to the difficulty to read.  It could possibly be Barton.

 

This indentured witnesseth that I Jack Bowlen a free man of colour do hereby set free emancipate and forever discharge from servitude a woman negro slave named Delsey and all her children which negro woman I purchased of Robert B. Miller by bill of sale from him.

Witness by hand an seal this 6th day of September 1824.

Jack X Bowlen

Attest

Jno Rootes Thornton

 

Bourbon County September Court 1824. This deed of manumission from John Bowlen to Delsey and her children was this day acknowledged in open court by the said Jack Bowlen to be his act and desire and the same is thereupon duly recorded in my office. 

Att  Thos. R. Smith CBC

By A. B. Dickerson DC  

 

 

John R. Allison to Dick

Deed of Manumission Book, Page 30

I John R. Allison of the County of Monroe and state of Indiana do hereby manumit free & discharge from the service of me the said Allison my negro man slave Dick age about forty five years and do hereby give ____ the said slave his slave his freedom and manumission from the____ of myself and all persons whatsoever claiming a right to his services by, through and under me. In wisrup? ___ said Jno B. Allison ____set my hand ___ affidavit ____ in the County of Bourbon and state of Kentucky this forth day of October 1824.                       John B. Allison (seal)

 

Bourbon County October Court 1824.

This deed of emancipation from John B. Allison to Negro man Dick was this day acknowledged in open court and considered to be an order.

                                                                                    Att

                                                                                                Thos P. Smith (seal)

                                                                                                By A.C. Dickerson (seal)

 

 

James Kendrick to Mary

Manumission Deed Book  Page 30-31

 

By virtue of the Will of Reubin George dec'd, I James Kendrick administer of the Will _____ of said Reubin George dec'd do hereby emancipate, liberate and set free a negro woman named Mary, aged about 45 years belonging to the estate of said deceased. Given under my hand and seal as foresaid as foresaid with the Will administer the 4th October 1824.

                                                                                                                            Jas. Kendrick (seal)

Bourbon County October Court 1824

This deed of manumission from James Kendrick admin with the Will and seal of Reubin George dec'd to negro woman Mary was this day acknowledged in open court by said Kendrick to be his act and deed and order to be recorded.

                                                                                                                    Att

                                                                                                                    Tho P. Smith B.C.

                                                                                                                    __C. Dickerson

Thomas Phillips to William Hayden

Deed of Manumission Book  Page 31

This indenture of emancipation made this 2nd day of October 1824. Witness that I, Thomas Phillips of the town of Bourbon and state of Kentucky do hereby emancipate, liberate and set free and forever discharge from the servitude of myself my witnessed executors and administrators and assign a certain negro man slave by the name of William Hayden a Barber about thirty five years of age five feet ten or eleven inches high and dark complexion witness my hand and seal the  ___ and date above written.

Attest                                                                                 Thomas Phillips (seal)

____ Bridges

N. C. Marsh

Tho. C. Owings

 

Bourbon County October Court 1824

This deed of emancipation from Thomas Phillips to negro man William Hayden was this day proven in open court to be the act of deed of the said Philip by th oath of Nicholas C. Marsh and Thomas C. Owings subscribing witness hereto and ordered to be recorded. Attest

                                                                                     Tho P. Smith C.B.C.

                                                                                      ___ C. Dickinson B.C.

 

 

Thomas Baker to Manuel

Deed of Manumission Book , Page 32 & 33

 

I Thomas Baker of Bourbon County and State of Kentucky do hereby emancipate and set free a negro man Manuel for slavery to me or my heirs or of signs my further service. In short my mission by this deed of  manumission is to liberate and set said negro man as free as by the laws of Kentucky my negro can be made and I do wish this deed and order given under my hand and seal this 6th day of July 1825.

Attest                                                                                                Tho Baker (seal)

Benj Baker

Will Baker

Abner Cosby

W. Bowles

 

Bourbon County September Court 1825

This deed of manumission from Thos Baker to Manuel was this day proved in open court by the sake of Benjamin and William Baker in subscribing with negro Manuel to be the act and deed of the said Thomas and order to be serviced.

                                                                                    Att: Tho P. Smith C.N.C.

                                                                                     By A. B. Dickerson D.C.

 

Emancipation of Daphney by Samuel McClelland decd & daughter Elizabeth Moore

Deed of Manumission Book , Page 33 & 34

 

Whereas Samuel McClelland now decd was possession of a Negro slave named Daphney  which was divised to his wife and after her death the said slave  possee (probably should read slave's possession) to his daughter Elizabeth who was first married to John Dunlap, next to John Kimbro and finally to John Moore and the said John Moore and Elizabeth surveyed the said slave with others  to the undersigned subject to such uses as she the said Elizabeth by last will and testament or writing in the ___  should appoint another by said writing in the nature of a Will has ____ her slaves in certain events to be emancipated. Now the ___ due signed in presance of said deed and will do hereby emancipate and forever set free from slavery the said Daphney from all claims of us and all claiming under us or under the said Elizabeth.

 

In testimony whereof we have here unto set our hand and seal this sixth day of February one thousand eight hundred and twenty six.

 

                                                                                    Tho. P. Smith (seal)

                                                                                    Wm Mitchell (seal)

                                                                                    B. Mills (seal)

 

Bourbon County Court February Term 1826

A deed of emancipation of us for deed by Thomas A. Smith, William Mitchell and Benjamin Mills trustees for John and Elizabeth Moore possess single emancipate a negro woman slave named Daphney and was acknowledged in court by them and order to be serviced and the court proceeded to take down the description of said negro as follows term. About fifty five years old, five feet six inches and one quarter high of a bright colour for a negro is with high cheeks and broad face across the nose and eyes but ____  a narrow or sharp chinn which description of said negro is ___ and ordered to accompany said deed of emancipation according to the act of assembly in such case is provided.

                                                                                           Att  Thomas Smith

                                                                                                   ____ C. Dickinson

 

John Peter to Joseph Tubb & his Wife

Bourbon County Courts Deed Book A Page 78

I John Peter Coachman of Bourbon County do by these present forever liberate and discharge from all involuntary servitude and emancipate forever a negro man named Joseph Tubb about sixty seven years of age and his wife Rebecca about the same age in consideration of their long and faithful services. Given under me this 6th day of December 1830.

                                                                                                                  John P. Coachman (seal)

 

John Tubb is five feet five and a half inches black about sixty five years old slim, scar on the forehead. Rebecca is five feet on half inch, about the same age.

 

Bourbon County December Court 1830

This deed of emancipation from John P.Coachman to his slaves, one named  John Tubb and the other Rebecca, washwoman gives in open court by said John P. Coachman to be his act and deed. Where upon the same hath been duly manumitted to record in my office. Given under my hand this 6th day of December 1830.

                                                                                                          Tho. P. Smith

                                                                                                           By Robt. E. Rankin

 

 

Emancipation by Carter Lightfoot to his wife Jane Lightfoot

Deed of Manumission Book, Pages 81 & 82

 

Know all men by these present that I Carter Lightfoot a free man of color of the County of Bourbon town of Paris and state of Kentucky having by purchase from John Kenney?  of Franklin County obtained the title to my wife Jane Lightfoot a yellow woman and being ____  any that the should remain in slavery do by these emancipate and set free entirely free servitude to me or any persons as fully and by all intents and purposes as though she had been born free she is five feet three and a half inches high aged thirty six years a scar on her right nostril spare made out of good size. Witness my hand and seal this 4th day of April 1831.                                                                                              his

                                                                                             Carter  X   Lightfoot (seal)

                    mark

 

Bourbon County April Court 1831

 

This deed of emancipation from Carter Lightfoot to Jane his wife was acknowledged in open court by said Carter to be his act and deed. Where upon the same hath been duly admitted and sworn in my office. Sworn under my hand this 4th day of April 1831.

                                                                                                                    Tho. P. Smith C.B.C.

                                                                                                                    By Robt. E. Rankin D.C.

 

Deed of Emancipation by George Thomas to James

Deed of Manumission Book, Page 82

 

Know all men by these present that I George Thomas do hereby manumit set free and discharge from servitude my negro man James aged about seventy years of a black complexion and five feet and a half height. Witness my hand and seal the 4th day of April 1831.

                                                                                                                     his

                                                                                                         George  X   Thomas

                                                                      mark

Testee John Rootes Thornton

 

Bourbon County April Court 1831

This deed of emancipation from George Thomas to James was acknowledged in open court by said Thomas to be his act and deed. Whereupon the same hath been duly admitted to record in my office given under my hand this 4th day of April 1831.

                                                                                                        Tho. P. Smith C.B.C.

                                                                                                         By Robt E. Rankin

 

Deed of Emancipation  by Elizabeth Spears to Hagar

Deed of Manumission Book, Page 83

 

The County Court of Bourbon are hereby informed that I do emancipate and set at liberty my negro woman Hagar and wish to have the same so recorded. Given under my hand this 6th of June 1831.

Attest                                                                                                    her

Noah Spears                                                                            Elizabeth  X Spears (seal)

Abm Spears                                                                                           mark

 

Hagar is aged about forty five years five feet or so inches high a light colour and light made.

 

Bourbon County June Court 1831

This deed of emancipation from Elizabeth Spears to Hagar was proved in open court by the oath of Noah Spears and

Abram Spears witnesses thereto to be the act and deed of the said Elizabeth Spears. Whereupon the same hath been duly admitted to record in my office. Given under my hand this 6th day of June 1831.

                                                                                                                Tho. P. Smith C.B.C.

                                                                                                                 By Robt. E. Rankin OC

 

Samuel Ewalt to Abram

Bourbon Co., KY Slave Book A, Page 216

 

I Samuel Ewalt of Bourbon County do by these presents liberate my negro man slave named Abram aged about 51 from me and my heirs forever. May 4th 1846

Saml Ewalt

 

At the May term of the county court of Bourbon County, Ky on the 4th day of May 1846.

This deed of Manumission from Saml Ewalt to Abram was this day produced into court by Saml Ewalt & being acknowledged him was ordered to record.

Witness Thomas P. Smith clerk of said court the date above.

Thos. P. Smith, ck.

 

Bourbon Co., KY,  Deeds of Manumission,  Page 245

Absalom Kimbro  to Elizabeth Kimbro 

 

Know all men by these presents that I Absalom Kimbro a free man of color of the county of Bourbon and state of Kentucky have manumitted and do hereby manumit and set free from slavery my wife a negro woman slave named Elizabeth whom I purchased of Thomas Brand and her children Henry and Susan reserving the right to have said children bound to me until they arrive at the age of twenty one and I do hereby release the said Elizabeth all my right title and claim of and in and to her person labor and service and I do also release the said named children all my right interest and title in and to their person and labor with the above exception.  Witness my mark

His Mark XX Absolom Alexander

 

June 3rd1850  

                                                                                        

Att Wm Alexander

Bourbon County ct June Court 1850

This deed of emancipation from Absalom Kimbro to Elizabeth Kimbro and her children was this day produced and acknowledged in open court by said Absalom Kimbro to be his act and deed and ordered to record 

Thos P. Smith Clrk

 

Page 252,  Deeds of Emancipation Book,  Date January 6, 1851

Ben L. Shropshire to William

 

Know all men by these present that I, Benjamin L. Shropshire of the County Bourbon and State of Kentucky from motives of benevolence and humanity have manumitted and hereby do manumit and set free from slaver my negro man William aged about 40 years, black complexion and five feet four inches high, and I do hereby give grant and release unto the said William all my right title and claim of in and to his person labour and service, and of in and to the Estate and property which he may here after acquire or obtain.

 

In witness whereof I have been unto set my hand and seal this 6th day of January 1851 attest.

 

R. L. Davis                                                                               B. L. Shropshire (seal)

 

Bourbon County Court.                                                January Court, 1851

 

This deed of Emancipation from Benjamin L. Shropshire to William was this day produced and acknowledged in open court by said Benjamin L. Shropshire to be his act and deed and was ordered to record.

                                                                                               

Att Thos P. Smith, Clerk                                              

By Charles L. Nelson  

 

Bourbon Co., KY Deeds of Emancipation Book, Page 253

Newton Canon to Isaiah

 

 Know all men by these present that I,  Newton Canon of the County Bourbon and State of Kentucky from motives of benevolence and humanity have manumitted and hereby do manumit and set free from slavery my negro man Isaiah aged about 40 years, of dark complexion and five feet eight inches high, and I do hereby give grant and release unto the said Isaiah all my right title and claim of in and to his person labour and service, and of in and to the Estate and property which he may here after acquire or obtain. Given under my hand and seal this 6th day of January 1851.

                                                                        Newton Canon (seal)

 

Bourbon County Court.                                                January Court, 1851

This deed of Emancipation from Newton Canon to Isiah was this day produced and acknowledged in open court by said Newton Canon to be his act and deed and was ordered to record.

                                                                                               

Att Thos P. Smith, Clerk                                                 

By Charles L. Nelson, Clerk

 

Deeds of Emancipation Book, Page 284

Elizabeth McDowell to Harriet Moore

 

 As admin with the Will ______ of Elizabeth McDowell, dead, I hereby Emancipate and forever set free a mulatto woman named Harriet aged about 30 years 5 feet 6 inches in height and her son Moses 13 years old bright mulatto complescion. They are to leave the state, March 20, 1865.

                                                V M Kenney

 

Bourbon County Court March Called Term March 20, 1865

 

This deed of Emancipation was for _______ acknowledged in open court by V M Kenney, a party thereto foresaid record. Witness R J Brown Clerk of said Court the date above.

                                                R J Brown, Clerk (signature)

 

Page 288 in the Deeds of Emancipation Book

Julian Grosjean to Frank Allen

 

I Julian Grosjean of the City of Paris and County of Bourbon, State of Kentucky, do hereby manumit and set free from my service my slave, Frank Allen age about 23 years and I declare him to be from this day forth a free man. Given under my hand this day, March 18, 1864.

                                                Julian Grosjean

 

Bourbon County Court, March called term March 26, 1864.

 

This deed of Emancipation was acknowledged in open court by Julian Grosjean, a party thereafter to be her act and deed to be with record.

 

 Witness I, R. J. Brown, Clerk of said Court the day above.

                                                                        R J Brown, Clerk

 

Page 288 in the Deeds of Emancipation Book

Allen Moore to Garrett

I Allen Moore do by these presents hereby fully manumit set free my negro man slave Garrett aged about 52 years Said Garrett is from this day hence forth a free man for all intense purposes.

Given under my hand this 22 April 1864

Allen Moore

 

Page 294 Deed of Manumissions

William Andrew Turner to Hester, Sandy and others

Note: This is the last entry in the Deed of Manumissions Book in Bourbon Co.

 

William Andrew Turner to Hester, Sandy and others, May 17, 1865

I William Andrew Turner of the County of Bourbon and State of Kentucky, for and in consideration of and compliance with a pardon for alleged offenses against the laws of the United States of American granted to me by Andrew Johnson President of the United States of America on the 3rd day of May 1865, do hereby manumit and forever set free the following described slaves owned by me, to wit; Hester of black complexion aged about twenty sisc years, Sandy of the same color aged about eleven years, Sylva of the same color aged about sisc years, Vena of yellow complexion aged about three years, Lizzie of the same color aged about nineteen years, Ann of the same color aged about 4 years, John of black complexion aged about thirty years, George aged about twenty sisc years & black color, Peter of yellow complexion aged about twenty seven years, George of yellow complexion aged about siscteen years.  The four last named have left my service and are probably in the United States Army and I do hereby renounce a claim to the services or control or disposition of and band every of the said slaves I own or having title to.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand this the 17th day of May 1865. 

W A Turner

Robert L. Davis

Thomas P. Smith

 

Page 295 in the Deeds of Manumission

Bourbon County Courts May called term May 18, 1865

 

The foregoing Deed of Emancipation was produced and approved in open court by the oath of Robert T. Davis and Thomas P. Smith attesting witnesses these so to be the act and deed of William A. Turner, a party thereto and being duly stamped ordered to record.

 

Witness R. J. Brown, Clerk of said Court the date above.

R J Brown Clerk

 

  

 

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