African Americans have been included in Boone County wills since the county was founded in 1799. Prior to emancipation in 1865 with the abolition of slavery, many african americans were included as property in wills. For an excerpt of slave owners' wills click here
Below are excerpts of African Americans in the 19th and early 20th Century. In addition to an excerpt from a Jonas Crisler letter regarding his slaves.
Compiled for the African Americans in Boone County Project sponsored by Preservation Kentucky. All accounts from Boone County Inventory Book 4, 1895-1904: Inventories, Appraisements and Sale Bills, No. 4. Microfilm. Boone County Public Library. Burlington, Kentucky.
|Buggy & harness||15.|
|3 shovel plows||5|
|Scythe & cradle||2|
|Rifle gun & shot gun||13|
& other various items, adding to $137.65 [Could not find will] p. 318, same citation: property left to widow included spring wagon (15.), road wagon (20.), gray mare (25.) brown horse (75.), lot house furniture & bedding (15.75)
|2 cows & calves||$80|
|1 pair work mules||$100|
|Sow & pigs & 2 shoats||$15|
|Bible & table||$?|
|Loom & wheel||$15|
|2 beds, bedding & furniture||$80|
|½ doz. Plates, knives &c.|
|Plow & harness||$8|
|Provisions on hand||$38|
|2||beds & bedding|
|6||sitting room chairs|
98sc17,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.
On slaves: “there has been at least 30 ran of this faul (sic) 14 at and abut Burlington and the rest about Petersburg Abraham Piatts Thomas Graves and Wm Whittaker all the most valuable I have no doubt if things continue negroes slaves (sic) will be scarce neare the O. River particularly if old Mat Bots and his clan continues thare privilege thay have had I believe thay have been thare pilots and is yet.”