Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Jefferson County, KY Early Records

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_County,_Kentucky


Jefferson County was organized in 1780 and one of the first three counties formed out of the original Kentucky County, which was still part of Virginia at the time (the other two being Fayette and Lincoln). The county is named for Thomas Jefferson, who was governor of Virginia at the time.

The last major American Indian raid in present day Jefferson County was the Chenoweth Massacre on July 17, 1789.

Submitted by Cindy Young

Digital Library on American Slavery

Petition 20782801 Details
Location: Jefferson, Kentucky
Salutation: To the Honble the judge of the Jefferson Circuit Court sitting in chancery
Filing Court and Date: Circuit, 1828-February-22
Ending Court and Date: Circuit, 1828-May-31
General Petition Information
Abstract: In 1812, ROBERT GOWING’S late wife ELIZABETH was given a slave, Dorcas, by her grandfather Nathan Sinclair. Gowing, administrator of Elizabeth's estate, claims that her father, Henry, "in violation of good faith" sold Dorcas to David Ruth for $450 when Elizabeth was an infant. Gowing asks the court to decree that Henry Sinclair pay to Elizabeth's estate an amount equal to Dorcas's value plus the proceeds of her hire since the time of her sale.
Result: dismissed
# of Petition Pages: 5
Related Documents: Receipt, Robert Gowing, 10 February 1829
Pages of Related Documents: 0

1 comment:

  1. President Thomas Jefferson awarded a 50,000 acre land grant to his relatives in this region of Kentucky. Jefferson had many links to Indians in the Natural Bridge area of Virginia at times, perhaps including Aaron Redbird Brock. Brock may have been born at or near Natural Bridge, VA. Brock was the relative of Cherokee Chief Great Eagle and other high chiefs. Redbird Brock turns up in Kentucky with Cherokee and other Indians in southeast Kentucky. Chief Redbird likely knew Cheokee Chiefs Dragging Canoe and Chief Butterfly. Jefferson National Forest is linked to this President.