Migration from Canada to Kentucky by 1870
At the close of the Civil War and at the time that slavery ended in Kentucky with the ratification of the 13th Amendment [December 18, 1865], there were persons listed as "Black" or "Mulatto" in the U.S. Census who had returned to Kentucky from Canada or moved to Kentucky from Canada. Below are some of the names, occupations, and locations of those living in Kentucky when the 1870 U.S. Federal Census was taken.
- Samuel and Anny Dupee were born in Canada and in 1870 lived in Henderson, KY. Samuel, a laborer, was born around 1835; Anny was born around 1840. Both could read and write.
- The W. H. and Margaret Johnson family returned to Kentucky from Canada; W.H. and Margaret were Kentucky natives. The family lived in Louisville, where Mr. Johnson was a store porter. Their son Henry was born in 1857 in Canada; daughter Almyra was born in 1861 in Michigan; and three additional children were born in Kentucky.
- Mary and Zach Mason, Sr. were Kentucky natives who returned to Kentucky from Canada. The family lived in Louisville, where Zach Mason was a teamster. Their daughter Rebecca was born in 1861 in Kentucky, their son Zach, Jr. was born in 1863 in Canada, and the last two children were born in Kentucky.
- Mariola McRanny, born in 1840 in Kentucky, lived in Louisville with her daughter Capitola, who was born in 1866 in Canada. They lived with several other family members.
- Abraham Miller, a barber in Louisville, was born in 1827 in Kentucky. His wife Harriet was born in 1845 in Canada. One of their sons was born in Indiana, the other in Kentucky.
- Jackson Morum was born in 1845 in Canada; he was a hotel waiter in Hopkinsville.
- Reverend John R. Riley was born in 1842 in Canada and lived in Louisville.
- Allael Sherman was born in 1846 in Canada; he was a school teacher in Louisville.
- James Smith was born in 1851 in Canada; he was a school teacher in Hopkinsville.
- The Smiths, Edward (b. 1826) and Hannah (b. 1840), were Kentucky natives. Their son Samuel was born in 1862 in Canada. The family lived in Covington, KY, where Edward was a day laborer.
- Mag Taylor was born in 1845 in Canada; she was a school teacher in Burkesville.
- James Thomas, a laborer, was born in 1832 in Canada. His wife Emily was born in Maryland. Their children were born in Kentucky. The family lived in Louisville.
- Mary Watters was a seamstress born in 1845 in Louisiana. She lived in Louisville with her daughters Gertrude (b. 1859) and Matilda (b. 1862), both born in Canada.
- John Weakly was born in 1837 in Canada; he was a farm laborer in Hopkinsville.
- Emma Webb was born in 1849 in Canada; she lived in Louisville.
- Rueben Wright was born in 1831 in Missouri; he was a farmer. His wife Florida Wright was born in 1828 in Kentucky. Their oldest daughter Mary was born in 1858 in Canada, and their last five children were born in Kentucky. The family lived in Newport.