Henderson County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870Henderson County, established in 1798 from a portion of Christian County, is located in western Kentucky, bordered by the Ohio River and four Kentucky counties. It is named for Richard Henderson, a lawyer and judge from Virginia and founder of the Transylvania Company. The company purchased millions of acres of land (in Kentucky and Tennessee) from the Native Americans, which was in violation of the Royal Proclamation of 1763; therefore, the sale was void. In compensation for the Tranylvania Company's losses, the Virginia House of Delegates gave the company members 200,000 acres of land on the Ohio River (present day Henderson County, KY). The settlement of Red Banks would later become the county seat and renamed Henderson. The 1800 county population was 1,468, according to the Second Census of Kentucky: 1,076 whites, 390 slaves, and 2 free coloreds. In 1830 there was one free African American slave owner in Henderson County. By 1860, the population was 8,495, excluding the slaves, according to the U.S. Federal Census. Below are the number of slave owners, slaves, free Blacks, and free Mulattoes for 1850-1870.
1850 Slave Schedule
- 677 slave owners
- 3,988 Black slaves
- 407 Mulatto slaves
- 53 free Blacks [many with the last name Pointer]
- 68 free Mulattoes [many with the last names Hamilton, Drew, Fisher, and Bradley]
- 993 slave owners
- 5,046 Black slaves
- 726 Mulatto slaves
- 38 free Blacks [many with the last names Painter and Fisher]
- 37 free Mulattoes [many with the last names Painter, Fisher, and Piner]
- 4,526 Blacks
- 1,478 Mulattoes
- About 168 U.S. Colored Soldiers listed Henderson County, KY, as their birth location.