Mary Jane Powell Folder
Henderson Gleaner and Journal
Sunday February 26, 1933
Quan Arnett Pruitt
“Henderson Has Claim of the Oldest Citizen in the State.”
Henderson probably has one of the oldest citizens in the state. She
is Mary Jane Folder, colored, whose age is claimed to be 115 years.
this story twice once while searching old news papers and again in
the Henderson County Historical Society “The Legacy” and was
intrigued enough that even though she is not part of my family line,
that as I searched for my own Powell slave family ancestors in owner
wills, deeds and etc I added another tree just for Mary Jane Powell
- Samuel Folden
Children 14 -
Possible children of Mary Jane and Sam
Jane was a slave of Kentucky Governor Lazarus Powell. She was born
in the slave quarters on the plantation of Lazarus Powell father of
Governor Lazarus Powell abt 1818. Mary Jane was a slave for 45
years and the story told of how even after emancipation she and
others life didn’t change much she still worked and lived on the
farm for Lazarus Powell.
adjoining plantation to Governor Powell was the wealthy,
aristocratic, powerful family named Folden who owned a slave by the
name of Sam. She told of her bond with Sam and a total of 14
children. Folden is the correct spelling but somewhere along the
way with the spelling went from Folden to become Folder.
told of the story of the excitement the plantation had when Lazarus
Powell won the election over Archibald Dixon, going to the place in
1851- the governor’s mansion. Told of a slave named Aunt Jane, Efe,
and others. Boat trips along the Ohio River, slave trade, the war
and other stories. I can only wish that the reporter had keep her
talking for days to get all the stories of 75 to 100 years stored in
her head and that he/she had taken the time to write the stories of
a lifetime down.
be happy to send what information I have to anyone who is a decedent
of Mary Jane’s.