Grayson County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870Grayson County, located in the western central region of Kentucky, was established in 1810 from portions of Hardin and Ohio Counties. It was named for William Grayson, a lawyer who was one of the first two U.S. Senators from Virginia. William Grayson was an aid to George Washington, who was also an early landowner in the Grayson County area. The county seat is Leitchfield, also founded in 1810 and named for David Leitchfield when his widow donated the land for the county seat. The 1810 county census was 357 [heads of households], and it increased to 7,551 by 1860, excluding slaves. Below are the numbers for the slave owners, slaves, free Blacks, and free Mulattoes for 1850-1870.
1850 Slave Schedule
- 92 slave owners
- 248 Black slaves
- 72 Mulatto slaves
- 2 free Blacks [Jesse Fenley and Bill Kelly]
- 5 free Mulattoes [all with last name Holden]
- 97 slave owners
- 226 Black slaves
- 125 Mulatto slaves
- 3 free Blacks [last names Harrel and Lowden]
- 0 free Mulattoes
- 307 Blacks
- 37 Mulattoes
- About 9 U.S. Colored Troops listed Grayson County, KY as their birth location.