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Carroll County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870

Carroll County is located in north-central Kentucky along the Ohio River, bordered by four Kentucky counties. One of the smallest counties in the state, it was formed in 1838 from portions of Gallatin, Henry, and Trimble Counties.

Both Carroll County and its county seat, Carrollton, were named for Charles Carroll, a U.S. Senator for Maryland. Of all who signed the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll (1737-1832) lived the longest. There are Carroll Counties in 12 states and two Parishes in Louisiana, all named for Charles Carroll.

In Carroll County, KY, the first U.S. Census was taken in 1840, when there was a population of 572 [heads of households]. By 1860 the population was 5,533, excluding slaves. Below are the number of slave owners, slaves, and free Blacks and Mulattoes in Carroll County for 1850-1870.

1850 Slave Schedule
  • 243 slave owners
  • 788 Black slaves
  • 159 Mulatto slaves
  • 21 free Blacks
  • 7 free Mulattoes [including Wheeling Gaunt, his wife, and brother]
1860 Slave Schedule
  • 264 slave owners
  • 1,629 Black slaves
  • 233 Mulatto slaves
  • 32 free Blacks
  • 13 free Mulattoes
1870 U.S. Federal Census
  • 529 Blacks
  • 6 Mulattoes
  • About 5 U.S. Colored Troops listed Carroll County, KY, as their birth location.
For more see the Carroll County entry in The Kentucky Encyclopedia, edited by J. E. Kleber; A History of Carroll County, Kentucky, by M. A. Gentry; and Carroll County, Kentucky History and Biographies by L. Collins, et al.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Carroll County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Carrollton, Kentucky in Wikipedia.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Gaunt, Wheeling [or Whelan Gant]
NKAA Source: The Kentucky encyclopedia
NKAA Source: A History of Carroll County, Kentucky : containing facts before and after 1754
NKAA Source: Carroll County, Kentucky history and biographies

Cite This NKAA Entry:

“Carroll County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed October 1, 2022,

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