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Declaration of Marriages
Transcribed by Valerie Davis

Pulaski County, Kentucky began recording African American marriages in 1866. For those marriages which occurred prior to
that time, a "Declaration of Marriage" could be made, stating that the couple " ...declared that they have lived together as
husband and wife for the past ____ years, and still desire to continue living together as such...".

 

The first Declaration was made in August, 1866. The majority occurred in 1867, and continued through the early 1870's (with

the exception of Cyrenius Cloyd & Oates Dungans, whose Declarations were made in the mid-1880's)

Names that also appear in the 1870 Census appear with their "apparent" corresponding census entry. To view a complete listing of 1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census of Households containing Persons of Color at the Pulaski Co., KY GenWeb Archives click here

 

Groom                               Bride                      Marriage Date

Allen, Richard                      Jasper, Margaret           abt 1858
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Town of Somerset, Dwelling 31, Family 31
31   31  Allen       Richard          32    M  Bl  Com Labourer                          KY
                     Margaret         26    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                     Dick Ann         10    F  Bl  at home                               KY
                     Charles          03    M  Bl                                        KY

Barker, Henry William               Durham, Nelly              abt 1863
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Gaines and Gladys Dist., Dwelling 52, Family 55
52   55  Barker      Henry            30    M  Bl  Farmer                   190    402   KY
                     Nelly            30    F  Bl  Keeping House                         KY
                     William P.       06    M  Bl                                        KY
                     Mary E.          04    F  Bl                                        KY
                     John L.          02    M  Bl                                        KY
 

Beatie, Peter                       Fitzpatrick, Amanda        abt 1855  *Signed by groom
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Incorporated Somerset Dist., Dwelling 23, Family 23
23   23  Beatie      Peter            43    M  Bl  Farmer                          180   KY
                     Mandy            28    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
         Denham      Elizabeth        14    F  Bl  House work                            KY
         Fox         David            80    M  Bl                                        KY
 

Beatie, Walter                      Beatie, Cordelia           abt 1864
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 242, Family 242
242  242  Beaty       Walter           29    M  Bl  Farm Laborer   KY   m. May [1870]*
                      Cordelia         21    F  Mu  Keeping house        KY   m. May [1870]*
                      Phoebe R.C.     1/12   F  Bl                 KY   b. Jul [1870]
  [*marriage: We did not find this marriage in the 1868-1870 records.]  
 

Brown, Simon                        Brown, Charlotta           abt 1858
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Town of Somerset, Dwelling 29, Family 29
29   29  Brown       Simon            57    M  Bl  Common Labourer          150          VA
                     Charlotte        44    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
         Robinson    Mary B.          19    F  Mu  School Teacher                        KY
 
Buster, Jordon                      Prather, Lydia             abt 1823
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 41, Family 41
41   41  Buster      Jorden           72    M  Bl  Farmer                  1000    492   VA
                     Lidda            60    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                     Martha           36    F  Bl  House work                            KY
                     Madora B.        17    F  Bl  House work                            KY
                     Pheby            15    F  Bl  House work                            KY
 

Cloyd/Cloid, Cyrenius               Ping, Martha               abt 1863  
[This marriage occured in Casey County, KY]
 

Davis, Pleasant                     Owens, Matilda             abt 1865
 

Dogan, Baylis                       Stigall, Eliza Ann         abt 1855
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 293, Family 293
293 293   Dogan       Bayless          56    M  Bl  Farmer                                KY
                      Eliza A.         56    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
          Stigall     Harriet          15    F  Bl  House work                            KY
 

Dungan, Oates                       Dungan, Emily              abt 1852
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 60, Family 60
60   60  Dungan      Ota              46    M  Bl  Farmer                  2000    460   VA
                     Emily J.         36    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                     Margaret F.      18    F  Bl  House work                            KY
                     Harriet E.       15    F  Bl  House work                            KY
 

Dutten, David                       Mills, Sarah               abt 1863
 

Elliot, Lewis                       McQuarry, Nancy Jane       abt 1865
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 104, Family 110
104  110 Elliot       Lewis            42    M  Bl  Farmer                   400    450   KY
                      Nancy            39    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                      John             21    M  Bl  Labors on farm                        KY
                      Jefferson        17    M  Bl  Labors on farm                        KY
                      Alice            14    F  Bl  House work                            KY
                      Mary             12    F  Bl                                        KY
                      Charles          09    M  Bl                                        KY
                      Matilda J.       06    F  Bl                                        KY
          Floyd       Caroline         15    F  Bl  House work   m. May [1870]*           KY   
                      Jordan          2/12   M  Bl               b. Apr [1870]            KY   
  [*marriage: Joseph Rankin to Caroline Floyd, 1 May 1870]
 

Elliot, Russell                     Kindrick, Martha           abt 1861
 

Evans, Harry                        Vickery, Mary              abt 1853

 43   43  Evans       Harry            46    M  Bl  Works in Tannery                100   KY
                      Mary             43    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                      Rosalia          15    F  Bl  at home                               KY
                      John             09    M  Bl                                        KY
                      Joseph E.        07    M  Bl                                        KY
                      Sarah L.         02    F  Bl                                        KY
 

Fitzpatrick, Andrew                 Beatie, Caroline           abt 1860
 

Fitzpatrick, Anthony                Newell, Harriet            abt 1854
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 256, Family 263
256  263  Fitzpatrick Anthony          45    M  Bl  Farmer                  1000    385   KY
          MORTALITY: see death of Harriet Fitzpatrick, residing in Fam#"265"
                      Mary J.          15    F  Bl  House work                            KY
                      Isaac A.         12    M  Bl  Labors on farm                        KY
                      Samuel           10    M  Bl  Labors on farm                        KY
                      Elizabeth        07    F  Bl                                        KY
                      Nelly L.        7/12   F  Bl              b. Dec [1869]             KY     
Fitzpatrick, Isaac                  Jasper, Mary Ann           abt 1858
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 339, Family 338
338 338   Fitzpatrick Isaac            45    M  Bl  Farmer                          200   KY
                      Mary A.          26    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                      Amanda A.        10    F  Bl                                        KY
                      Samuel           07    M  Bl                                        KY
                      John T.          01    M  Bl                                        KY
  [this family is duplicated in household 113]
 
Ford (alias Owens), John            Nunelley, Sarah            abt 1850
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 264, Family 264
264  264  Owens       John             60    M  Bl  Farmer                                VA
                      Sarah            40    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                      Balzora D.       04    F  Bl                                        KY
                      James            02    F  Bl                                        KY
                      Nancy J.        3/12   F  Bl              b. Feb [1870]             KY 
          Nunley      Susan            22    F  Bl  Domestic Servant                      KY
                      Ann              15    F  Bl  Domestic Servant                      KY
 
Ford, Shelby                        Taylor, Sarah Elen         abt 1861
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Gaines and Glades Dist., Dwelling 170, Family 169
170  169  Ford        Shelby           24    M  Bl  Farmer                    80    223   KY
                      Sarah E.         22    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                      Patrick          07    M  Bl                                        KY
                      David B.         01    M  Bl                                        KY
          Gillispie   Permelia         11    F  Bl  House work                            KY


Gibson, Daniel                      Beatie, Zelpha             abt 1856
294 294   Gibson      Daniel           48    M  Bl  Farmer                          200   KY
                      Zelpha           36    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                      Isaac P.         07    M  Bl                                        KY
                      Thomas           06    M  Bl                                        KY
                      George P.       7/12   M  Bl                  b. Oct [1869]         KY   
                      Mitchell         14    M  Bl  Work on farm                          KY
  MORTALITY (Gibson)  Rose Ann         27    F  Bl  "Pneumonia"     d. Mar [1870]         KY 
  

Gibson, Galen E.                    Owsley, Juretta            abt 1865
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 253, Family 253
253  253  Gibson      Galen E.         42    M  Bl  Farmer                   600    300   KY
                      Juretta          23    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                      Lafayette        18    M  Bl  Farm laborer                          KY
                      J. Samuel        15    M  Bl  Farm laborer                          KY
                      Mary L.          12    F  Bl  at home                               KY
 

Gibson, James                       Wait, Sarah                abt 1865
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 257, Family 257
257  257  Gibson      James            25    M  Bl  Farmer                                KY
                      Sarah            24    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                      Mary             66    F  Bl  House work                            KY
          Woods       Armstead         16    M  Bl  Work on farm                          KY
          Fox         Sarah            12    F  Bl  Domestic Servant                      KY
 

Gilmore, Lewis                      Lee, Mahala                abt 1855
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 165, Family 165
165  165  Gilmore     Lewis            52    M  Bl  Farmer                                KY
                      Mahala           40    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                      Lewis            17    M  Bl  work on farm                          KY
                      Mary Jane        15    F  Bl  at home                               KY
                      Judy             13    F  Bl  at home                               KY
                      Margaret         09    F  Bl  at home                               KY
                      William          06    M  Bl                                        KY
                      Celia            05    M  Bl                                        KY
 
Goggin, Armsted                     Owens, Milly               abt 1865
 
Goggin, Bowene                                                  1826

Pulaski County Deeds, v. 6:282; I Bowine Goggin of the Pulaski Co. Kentucky being for certain causes and considerations desirous to emancipate a certain negro man Slave named Joe about fifty years of age, formerly owned by Michael Buster. ...that I the said Bowene Goggin do liberate and set free the said negro man to all intents and purposes as though he had been born free. This day the 16 of January 1826. Presented in court 16 January 1826.

 
Goggin, Fountain/Fontaine           Owens, Mariah              abt 1865
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 236, Family 244
236  244  Goggin      Fountain         24    M  Bl  Farmer & coal Miner             105   KY
                      Mariah           22    F  Bl  Keeping House                         KY
                      Dennis           07    M  Bl                                        KY
                      Frances          04    F  Bl                                        KY
                      Eliza B.         02    F  Bl                                        KY
                      Leanna          4/12   F  Bl              b. Feb [1870]             KY   

Hail, Hugh                          Floyd, Polly               abt 1854
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Town of Somerset, Dwelling 44, Family 44
44   44  Hail        Hugh             38    M  Bl  Coal Miner                            KY
                     Eliza            15    F  Bl  Domestic Servant                      KY
                     John             10    M  Bl  at home                               KY
                     George E.        05    M  Bl                                        KY
                     Ann E.           03    F  Bl                                        KY
         Prator      Lucy             70    F  Bl  Domestic Servant                      KY
 
Haley, Elijah                       McKee, Susan               abt 1858
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Town of Somerset, Dwelling 45, Family 45
45   45  Haley       Elijah           35    M  Bl  Works on farm                         KY
                     Susan            25    F  Mu  Keeping house                         KY
                     George           12    M  Mu  at home                               TN
                     Charles          09    M  Mu                                        KY
                     Nelly            06    F  Mu                                        KY
         Barnet      Jane             60    F  Bl  House work                            KY
 
Haris, Thornton                     Allcorn, Clarissa          abt 1832
 

Hudson, Andrew J.                   Dogan, Sally               abt 1850
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 258, Family 265
258  265  Hubble      Fountain         23    M  Mu  Farmer      m. Dec [1869]350    595   KY   
                      Mary A.          16    F  Bl  Keeping house    m. Dec [1869]*       KY  
  [*marriage?: Fountaine Hudson to Mary Ann Evans, 29 Dec 1869]
          Hudson      Jackson          53    M  Mu  Farmer                                KY
                      Sarah            43    F  Mu  House work                            KY
                      Thomas           15    M  Mu  Labors on farm                        KY
                      Judson           12    M  Mu  Labors on farm                        KY
  MORTALITY (Fitzpatrick) Harriet      35    F  Bl  "Typhoid Fever"   d. Dec [1869]       KY 

Ingram, Granvill                    Wellens, Milly             abt 1868
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 227, Family 235
227  235  Ingram      Granvill         36    M  Bl  Farmer                   150    345   KY
          Willens     Milley           34    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                      Greenup          10    M  Bl                                        KY
                      Lincoln          07    M  Bl                                        KY
                      Mary             05    F  Bl                                        KY
                      Mandy B.         02    F  Bl             b. Sep [1869]              KY
                      Serrelda        9/12   F  Bl                                        KY   
          Weddle      Lewis            87    M  Bl  Past labor                            VA
                      Pheby            75    F  Bl  Past labor                            KY
          Hudson      Juda             35    F  Bl  House work                            KY
                      Sarah            12    F  Bl                                        KY
                      Cyrenus          10    M  Bl                                        KY
 
Ingram, Lewis                       Williams, Elizabeth        abt 1864


Jasper, Peter                       Dutton, Hanah              abt 1837
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 367, Family 367
367 367   Jasper      Peter            50    M  Bl  Farmer                          200   KY
                      Hannah           45    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                      William          07    M  Bl                                        KY
 
Johnson, Moses                      Adams, Louisa              abt 1864


Kelly, William                      Daugherty, Martha Ann      bef 1827
 


Laferty, George                     Ingram, Ama                winter 1865
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Town of Somerset, Dwelling 30, Family 30
30   30  Lafferty    Geo. W.          61    M  Bl  Com Labourer                          TN
                     Amy              75    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
 

Long, Charles                       Goggin, Louisa             abt 1851
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 271, Family 271
271  271  Long        Charles          56    M  Bl  Farmer                                KY
                      Louisa           36    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                      Th_a_[Thomas?]*  19    M  Bl  Farm laborer                          KY
                      Lucy             06    F  Bl                                        KY
                      Ann B.           02    F  Bl                                        KY
                      Mattie E.       6/12   F  Bl             b. Dec [1869]              KY   
          Goggin      Harrison         20    M  Bl  Com Laborer                           KY
  *"John C." has been erased & overwritten

Modrell, Ned                        Hamelton, Easther/Esther   abt 1836  *Signed by groom
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Juggernaut & Mt. Gilied Dist., Dwelling 69, Family 69
69   69  Modrell     Edmund           60    M  Bl  Farmer                   400    600   KY
          MORTALITY  Easther          53    F  Bl  "Dropsy of the heart"  d. May [1870]  KY   
                     Fontain          24    M  Bl  Farm Laborer                          KY
                     Mariah S.        23    F  Bl  Domestic work                         KY
                     Biddy A.R.       20    F  Bl  House work                            KY
 

Newell, Adam                        Gover, Mary                bef 1858
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 217, Family 225
217  225  Newell      Adam             30    M  Bl  Farmer                    60    100   KY
                      Mary J.          28    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                      Mandy J.         12    F  Bl  House work                            KY
                      Mary E.          06    F  Bl                                        KY
                      James            04    M  Bl                                        KY
                      Walker          3/12   M  Bl            b. Mar [1870]               KY   
Newell, Christopher                 Nunnelly, Rhoda Ann        abt 1854
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 123, Family 130
123  130  Newel       Christopher      52    M  Bl  Laborer                               TN
                      Rhoda Ann        48    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
          Nunnely     Clerason         70    F  Bl                                        VA
 
Newell, Logan                       Newell, Amanda             abt 1860
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 214, Family 214
214  214  Newell      Logan            45    M  Bl  Farmer                                KY
                      Amanda           26    F  Bl  Keeping house                         LA
                      Buford           10    M  Bl  at home                               KY
                      Martha A.        06    F  Bl                                        KY
                      Andrew           05    M  Bl                                        KY
                      George J.       7/12   M  Bl             b. Nov [1869]              KY  

Newell, Richard                     Cowan, Frances             abt 1862

1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 272, Family 272
272  272  Newell      Richard          30    M  Bl  Farmer                                KY
                      Frances          22    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                      Samuel           06    M  Bl                                        KY
                      Elizabeth        04    F  Bl                                        KY
                      Sarah J.       10/12   F  Bl             b. Aug [1869]              KY   

Perkins, Valentine                  Cowan, Harriet             abt 1843
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 83, Family 84
83   84  Perkins     Vol              48    M  Bl  Farmer & laborer         250    415   KY
                     Harret           45    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                     Perry            20    M  Bl  Laborer                               KY
                     Jordan           18    M  Bl  Labors on farm                        KY
                     Marion           14    M  Bl  Labors on farm                        KY
                     William          12    M  Bl  Labors on farm                        KY
                     Elizabeth        10    F  Bl  House work                            KY
                     Sally Jane       03    F  Bl                                        KY
 

Royster (alias Hays), Christopher   Wellens, Sarah             abt 1848
 27   27  Royster     Christopher      45    M  Bl  Common Labourer                       KY
                      Sarah            50    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
 28   28  Crawford    Jackson          24    M  Bl  Black Smith                     100   KY
                      Franky           28    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
 29   29  Brown       Simon            57    M  Bl  Common Labourer          150          VA
 

Saunders, Galen                     Thumon, Milly              abt 1854
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 186, Family 186
186  186  Saunders    Galen            36    M  Bl  Farmer                                KY
                      Milly            36    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                      John W.          18    M  Bl  Farm Laborer                          KY
                      Martha J.        16    F  Mu  House Work                            KY
                      Maria            13    F  Bl  at home                               KY
                      A. Judson        09    M  Bl                                        KY
                      Nelson           06    M  Bl                                        KY
 
Sloan, Jefferson                    Daugherty, Mary Ann        bef 1860

Wait, Ephraim                       Wait, Harriet              abt 1855
 

Wait, Esaw                          Wait, Permelia             abt 1853
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 168, Family 176
168  176  Wait        Esaw             48    M  Bl  Farmer                                KY
                      Permelia         30    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                      Campbell         18    M  Bl  Labors on farm                        KY
                      Ephriam          16    M  Bl  Labors on farm                        KY
                      Robert           14    M  Bl  Labors on farm                        KY
                      Alexander        11    M  Bl  Labors on farm                        KY
                      Thomas           08    M  Bl                                        KY
                      Brent            04    M  Bl                                        KY
                      Montgomery       03    M  Bl                                        KY
 

Wait, Jorden                        Newell, Frances            abt 1859
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 268, Family 268
268  268  Wait        Jordan           35    M  Bl  Farmer                                KY
                      Franky           29    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                      John             05    M  Bl                                        KY
                      Balzora          11    F  Bl                                        KY
                      James            05    M  Bl  MORTALITY "Scrofulla" d. Jul [1869?]  KY
 

Wait, Willis                        Woods, Mary                abt 1866
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Incorporated Somerset Dist., Dwelling 30, Family 31
30   31  Wait        Willis           32    M  Bl  Laborer                         100   KY
                     Mary             21    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                     Sarah E.         09    F  Bl                                        KY
 
Weaver, Walker                      Weaver, Hanah              abt 1836
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 29, Family 29
29   29  Weaver      Walker           60    M  Bl  Farmer                                VA
                     Hannah           66    F  Bl  Keeping house                         VA
                     Emily            11    F  Bl                                        KY
 
West, Charles                       West, Kittie               Aug 1865
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 301, Family 301
301 301   West        Charles          46    M  Bl  Farmer                                KY
                      Kitty J.         44    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
Woods, Edward                       Woods, Scynthia            abt 1855
 

Woods, Isaac                        Faris, Sophia              abt 1863
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 206, Family 214
206  214  Woods       Isaac            37    M  Bl  Farmer                  1500    215   KY
                      Sophia           25    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                      Lucinda          05    F  Bl                                        KY
                      Lance C.         04    M  Bl                                        KY
                      Sally            02    F  Bl                                        KY
                      Alice           8/12   F  Bl      b. Sep [1869]                     KY   
 
Woods, John                         Goggin, Margaret           abt 1858
1870 Pulaski Co., KY Census, Somerset Dist., Dwelling 238, Family 238
238  238  Woods       John             46    M  Bl  Coal Miner              100           KY
                      Margaret         33    F  Bl  Keeping house                         KY
                      Wesley           21    M  Bl  Work on farm                          KY
                      Ephraim          12    M  Bl  Work on farm                          KY
                      Ann              10    F  Bl  at home                               KY
                      P Silla          07    F  Bl                                        KY
                      Mary E.          04    F  Bl                                        KY
                      Polina           01    F  Bl                                        KY