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King Family of Estill County KY Slave Records

Will of Major King, Recorded March 19, 1836
Slaves: Randall, Jeffy, Anthony, Jack, Dennis
Mary Jane, Fanny's oldest child to stay with my wife until she arrives at the age of 21 and which time I wish her freed.

Folklore states that some of Major's slaves went to Richmond, KY and passed as white.

Estill County Court Records

Celia King VS Samuel King

Celia complains of Samuel owing her $729.47.  He is disposing property and plans to leave the state.  Berry Stone is her agent and attorney, 20 Sept 1852.  Celia departed this life on 15 Aug 1853  It appears John Chiles has become the owner by purchasing from Samuel King. Slaves were: Hatty and Rose.  Plaintiff has sent Daniel and Caroline out of state ( they were slaves).  They are the children of Fanny. Celia had them since they were babies. Samuel King sold his interest in the slaves to John Chiles and run off one of Fanny's children; Rillis.  He tried to run out of state through John McIntosh .  Lackey belonging to Fanny and left in the night.  He may be with James Matherly. Celia was left with Jincy. It was heard John  Chiles sold Daniel and Caroline in 1852.  Daniel is a mulatto boy age 18 and Caroline is mulatto girl age 16.  Samuel ( King) moved to Iowa. George Smith was the attorney.  Slaves: Fanny age 35, yellow color, Anthony age 25, black, Hetty 15, yellow, Rosanna was yellow.  They were in possession of Celia after Major King's death.  For keeping Fanny and Hetty in jail 36 days ( $29.52)  Rosanna, 15 days, ($6.15)  Deposition of John McIntosh: Carolina and Daniel were off to Ohio.  Celia said she had Daniel King take them to a free state. Celia did not want them to serve Samuel's wife.  Another slave Amelia is mentioned, she is the daughter of Fanny.
Jack and Davis, slaves to be sold.

* Family tradition stated that Celia did not want her daughter-in-law, Rachel Lowe King to have the slaves.  She told her son-in-law to take them to the river and set them free.  The court record above supports this tradition.