October 06, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


Madison County, Kentucky, Division of Slaves Document, 1820

A Kentucky legal document that records the age and annual hire values of all the able bodied slaves owned by the recently deceased John Newby. In the surveyors' report, they did not include the values of female slaves with young children who, in their opinion, would be unable to work that year. 

John Newby was born in 1760 in North Carolina. A list of early settlers at Fort in Kentucky, later known as Boonesborogh, includes a man by the name of John Newby. It is possible they are the same individual. Tax records for Madison County, KY indicate that Newby lived there at the time. He and his wife, Susannah Embry, had eight children together and he remained in Madison County until his death in 1820. Susannah cared for a third of his 210 acre estate from December 4, 1820 until her death.   



Typical folds and toning of the paper. 

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