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Emancipation of Three Slaves

Today I want to share with you three slave emancipations from Washington County.  Black family history is sometimes very difficult to follow.  Hopefully this can help just a bit.  I do not have the original documents, but am using Pioneer History of Washington County Kentucky by Orval W. Baylor.  Mr. Baylor wrote for the Springfield, Washington County newspapers for a number of years.  Next time I am at the courthouse I will ask about these papers and if I find the originals will add them to this blog.

Know all men by these presents that I, Martin D. McHenry, of the County of Washington in the State of Kentucky, do hereby emancipate, set free and forever discharge from slavery a small mulatto girl named Maria, about seven years old last fall, being the same that was raised in the family of my deceased father and being the child of a Negro woman, Phoebe, who lived in my father’s family, and a reputed child of Harry, a mulatto man, who was emancipated by my father.  Given under my hand and seal this 1 day of April 1835.

M D. McHenry

Teste. John R. Wharton, D. H. Spears

Know all men by these presents, that I, Ann Spalding, widow of John Baptist Spalding, deceased, possessing an entire estate during widowhood, by virtue of the last will and testament of the aforesaid John Baptist Spalding, in a mulatto man slave, named Phillip; and I Stephen Spalding, the only claimant to the remainder of the said slave, at the marriage or death of the aforesaid Ann Spalding, (the other claims to the remainder of the aforesaid being extinguished by purchase), do solemnly agree to relinquish and abandon, or several and respective rights and titles to the ownership of the aforesaid Phillip, and the said Phillip is by force of this instrument, freed and emancipated from all service, which we and our heirs, have a legal claim to.  In witness we hereto set our hands and seals, this 8th day of January 1804.

Ann Spalding, Stephen Spalding

At a County Court held for Washington County the 2nd day of February 1807.  This instrument of writing was acknowledged by the within named Ann Spalding and Stephen Spalding to be their act and deed and ordered to be recorded.

Teste. John Reed, Clerk, Washington County

Know all men by these presents, that I, Barnabas McHenry, of Washington County and State of Kentucky, do fully emancipate Harry Pile, a slave now belonging to me, to go out free December the twenty-fifth in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-six:  I do hereby relinquish all right, title and claim to the aforesaid Harry after the date aforesaid, he shall not be free until he shall have made up all the time which he shall have absconded, by faithful services subsequently to the date aforesaid and repaid in the same way, all costs which may have been occasioned by his absconding, and then even in that case all my right, title and claim to him shall forever cease – he shall be free.  In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal on this second day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eight.

Barnabas McHenry

Acknowledged and recorded 2nd May 1808.  John Reed, Clerk Washington County

Mattingly – Miles Marriage in Washington County

Know all men by these presents, that we, Benjamin Mattingly and Henry Miles, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, the Governor of Kentucky, in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said governor and his successors.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 3rd day of September 1799. Continue reading Mattingly – Miles Marriage in Washington County

Bland-Hughes 1796 Washington County Marriage Bond

Friday I went to the Washington County Clerk’s office for a little research – some for the blog, some for myself.  Down the winding staircase, into the dungeon, to the old, old records!  First I checked for the oldest marriage records in the locked room.  I was interested in those marriages starting in 1792.  They were not to be found.  The original marriage bonds are kept in large grey boxes, divided into folders by years.  These old marriage bonds, along with consents, have been laminated to protect them – a good move on the part of the clerk!  The first box contains 1792-1799.

I searched and searched, finally went upstairs to ask the clerk and she came down with me.  Finally found them on the bottom shelf of the tax records!  What a scare!  I decided to spend most of my time making copies of those early records – so now I have copies of all the original marriage bonds of Washington County from 1792 through 1800!  Just a little crazy, huh?

Know all men by these presents that we, Daniel Bland and Robert Hughes, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, the Governor of Kentucky, in the sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said governor and his successors.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 12th day of January 1796.

The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Daniel Bland and Elizabeth Hughes, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void, or else remain in full force and virtue.

Daniel Bland, Robert Hughes

Witness, John Reed

Washington County, Kentucky

Thompson – Green 1804 Marriage Bond

This is a very beautifully written marriage bond!  John Reed, the County Clerk of Washington County, is top notch at the scrolling handwriting of the period.  Tried to find more information on the couple, but had no luck.

Know all men by these presents, that we, Thomas Thompson and Henry Boone, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, the Governor of Kentucky, in the sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 12th day of May 1804.

The Condition of this obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Thomas Thompson and Eleanor Green, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void or else to remain in full force and virtue.

Thomas Thompson, Henry Boone

Witness, John Reed

This may certify to the clerk that I am willing that marriage license should issue between Thomas Thompson and my daughter, Eleanor Green.

Thomas Green, Henry Hadin

Test. Henry Boone

Ignatius Cambron – Dorothea Mattingly 1799 Marriage Bond

This beautifully written marriage bond is for Ignatius Cambron and  Dorothea Mattingly, written on the first day of January, 1799, Washington County, Kentucky.  The marriage consent by Dorothea’s father, Luke Mattingly, gives us an additional generation to ponder.

marriage-1Know all men by these presents that we, Ignatius Cambron and Leonard Cambron, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, the Governor of Kentucky, in the sum of fifty pounds current money, the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 21st day of January 1799.  The conditions of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Ignatius Cambron and Dorothea Mattingly, for which a license is issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void or else to remain in full force.

Ignatius Cambron, Leonard Cambron

Witness, John Reed

marriage-2January 20th Day 1799.  To Mr. Reed.  Sir this is to permit you to grant license for the marriage of my daughter, Dorothea, to Ignatius Cambron, by me, Luke Mattingly, his hand.

Test.  Leonard Cambron, Jeremiah Mattingly

Dempsey Waller and Sally Slack 1804 Marriage

Dempsey Waller was the son of John Waller, born in Union County, Kentucky.  When he married Sally Slack in Washington County, he took his new bride back to his home county.  Union County, on the far western side of Kentucky, seems quite a trip from Washington County!  How did the two meet?  Dempsey Waller was killed by lightning in 1828.

waller-slack-marriage-1Know all men by these presents that we, Dempsey Waller and William Slack, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, the Governor of Kentucky, in the sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors; we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dated this 27th day of August, 1804.  The condition of the this obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Dempsey Waller and Sally Slack, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void, or else to remain in full force and virtue.

Dempsey Waller, William Slack

Witness, John Reed

waller-slack-marriage-2I do hereby certify my consent that a license shall issue for a marriage between Dempsey Waller and my daughter, Sally, given under my hand and seal this 26th day of August, 1804.

John Slack

Teste. John Nall, James Hurst, William Slack

Mr. John Reed, Esq.

1795/1796 Mercer County Marriage Records

Scan100December 20, 1796

Sir,

Please to record the following Marriages and you much oblige your humble servant.

John Mason

  • June 16, 1795 – John Reed and Mary Grover
  • July 11, 1795 – Tobias Grider and Sally Harmon
  • August 10, 1795 – Reuben Humphreys and Martha Reed
  • August 20, 1795 – Edward Thomas and Elizabeth Shaw
  • September 24, 1795 – Rowlet Rice and Elizabeth Gaines
  • March 17, 1796 – Aaron  Threlkeld and Judy Rice
  • October 20, 1796 – William Jenkins and Nancy Bellass

John Mason

To Mr. Allin, Clerk of Mercer Court

Mercer County, Kentucky