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Kentucky African American Queries

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Date 07/06/2010

Name: Virginia Lewis

Surnames: Donan & Dice


I am looking for my G-Grandmother Louise Donan and son and my Grandfather Harrison D. Dice

In 1930 Louise Donan lived in the household of Harrison Dice. Before an aunt named Dana Stewart passed away in 2008, she was living in Harrison's household.  Dana gave information on her death certificate listing her name as Louise Wilcoxen. I later
retrieved her death certificate which included exactly what Dana had put on death certificate and she signed her name at age 13 years.


Date: 8/27/2008

Name: Jo Spencer

Surnames: Spencer, Chance, Hodge & Centers/Senters


I am researching the descendents of George Freeman, b. abt. 1790 in VA. George was the son of Joseph Spencer and a slave woman, name unknown. George's son Hiram married Edie (Edith, Elizabeth) Chance or Hodge. Their children were Amanda, Prucilla, William, Abner, Robert, Daniel, Tennessee, Polly, Eliza, Martha, Henry Hiram, Drucilla, Sherman. George had children by a white woman named Lucinda Senters (Centers). These families lived in Breathitt, Clay, Owsley, and Wolfe Counties.


Date: 02/13/2008

Name: Thomas Tracy

Email Address:

Surnames: Tracy, Lee


I am an African American, seeking information on two sides of my family. John Tracy, wife Julia, sons Thomas and Albert, daughter Nelley, and mother Moriah Stroud, living in Lee, Jessamine county, Kentucky in 1880. John Tracy and Son Thomas in Lee, Jessamine county, Kentucky in 1900. Albert and wife Maggie in Lee, Jessamine county, Kentucky in 1900. Albert, Maggie, daughters Irene and Evelyn, son Gilbert in Bethel, Jessamine county Kentucky in 1910. Basil lee, wife Sarah, sons George and Henry, brother Sam in Pine Tavern Dist., Bullitt county, Kentucky in 1880. Tracy is my father's side, Lee is my mother's side. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.


Date: 11/04/2007

Name: Dee Crews

Surnames:  Gregory & Laster

I am researching the descendants of George Gregory and Alma Laster Gregory (b.1895 Decherd TN  d. 1985 KY) of Greenville, KY.  Alma was the daughter of George and Phillis Laster.  Phillis died in Greenville in 1918. I would appreciate any information or contacts with descendants of this family.  The children were: Ernest, Hugh, Ruth, Raymond, John, and William.
Dee Laster Crews


Date: 10/10/2007

Name: Rose M. May


Surname: Rice. Morris (Maurice) born 1855 Jefferson County

Race: Mulatto

Mother: Hannah

Counties: Jefferson, Bourbon, Nicholas


Surname: Litton (sp. Letton, Lytton) Harriett born 1863 Bourbon County

Race: Mulatto

Mother: Hanna Breckenridge

Father: Lawson Lytton

Counties: Bourbon


David and Salina Hinkston

Daughter: Charlotte (Lottie) Hinkston (married Ben M. Rice)

Born: September 1881, Carlisle, Ky

Brother: Frank Hinkston

Born: Carlisle, Ky



Date: 05/03/2006

Name: Bonnie

Surname: Bland

Counties: Unknown


I am trying to find the birth place of my Great-great-grandfather, General (this is his first name) Vanranselaer (not sure if this is the correct spelling as I've seen it spelled many ways) Bland.


His Record of Death & all census that I have say he was born in Ky.......I have his Record of Elizabeth Ann Bland January 6, 1847 in Jefferson Co., Ky. I have a birthdate (I'm not sure of) May 28, 1827.


General Vanranselaer Bland

Born May 28, 1827 in ?, Ky.

Died Dec.  5, 1904 in Mendon, St. Joseph, Michigan

Married Elizabeth Ann Bland Jan. 6, 1847 in Jefferson Co., Ky.


I have traced him from Ky. to Posey Twp. Washington Co., Ind. where he bought land.


Also in the Ind. property papers I have it shows a American Bland buying land 10 yrs. before General. Generals' land is right next to Americas' as well as a Matilda Bland....her name is on the Record of Marriage as Mother to both General & Elizabeth....???? raises a lot of questions.



Date: Jan 18, 2006

Name: Joyce Reese McCollum

Surname" Busby

Counties: Henderson


Anna Busby on 1870 Census with son Merrick (Merrit?) and daughter  Harriet Howard with children  Seeking any information on this family.


Also, am seeking information on possible siblings of Amanda Arnett and/or Richard Brooks. I have accounted for one of Amanda's sisters. Amelia was born 1852 enslaved to Elijah Arnett.


Date: Mon Oct 10, 2005

Name: Latosha Walters Weatherford

Counties: Christian

Surname: Walters, Spencer   


I am in search of information on my Great-Grandfather. Any info will be appreciated.  He was born about 1870 and died 1943.  His wife name was Bertha, step-daughter name was Leona and he had a son (my grandfather) named O'Cecil Walters. 


Thank you,

Latosha Walters Weatherford

Date: Sat Sept 24, 2005

Name: Julia Davist

Surname: Womack

Counties: Unknown


I am searching for any information on Reuben Womack born a slave in Kentucky and used for breeding. He was freed and married Mary who was born in Tennessee. Somehow he made it to Pinehill, Arkansas where he married  Malinda Carlock  and had one son named Daniel and  one daughter named Myra, who had one daughter named Jane Provine, who also had one daughter named Mary. We are told that Reuben was freed by his slavemaster in Kentucky.


Date: Fri June 24, 2005

Name: Connie Patterson

Surname: Harris

Counties: Unknown


Alice Betty Harris is my grandmother, her mother and father name unknown . She left Kentucky at the age of 13 as a orphan and arrived in Lane, Kansas with a family.  It seems that either her father or maybe brother was named Richard.  Seeking all the help I can receive.  I have a death certificate from Kansas stating birthday.  Parents listed unknown.  Born in KY.
Date of Death:  Feb 19, 1919 

Place of Death:  Paola, Kansas


Date: Sat June 11, 2005

Name: Spirit Williams

Surname: Calhoun

Counties: Jefferson


I am researching the Calhoun of Jefferson County, of Louisville, KY I am researching a Oscar and Myrtle Calhoun I believe they have 5 sons. I believe they were put in Orphanage. Also a Catherine Amanda Calhoun who marry a John Henry William of Ohio. Any information on Calhoun is getting appreciated.



Date: Wed May 5, 2005

Name: George W. Alexander

Surname: Wilson

Counties: Daviess, Jefferson


Seeking information on Jesse and Juli Wilson owned by John Todd estate. Jesse purchased July and their six children from the Todd estate in Daviess county in 1861 and moved to Louisville rather than to Liberia as the court and Colonization Society expected. They are my father's maternal grandparents. I'm interested in knowing about their parents, were they were employed as slaves and who was John Todd. My assumption is they or their parents were originally in or near Harrodsburg and moved to Owensboro with who ever managed John Todd's estate.

Thank you

George W. Alexander  


Date: Mon Mar 29, 2005

Name: Joan Holbert Hubert

Surname: Adams


Searching for information on Frank Adams, born 1823 KY.  Father of Mary, Robert, Alsy

and maybe other children whose names I do not know.  He was a Barber, I think, in Louisville, Ky., and is mentioned in a newspaper account of a wedding held in Louisville where a man named Cloak married a lady whose name I have misplaced.

Thank you for your help in placing the Adams name on my Family Tree.


Date: Sun Feb. 20, 2005

Name: Dyrena Darrett-Anthony

Surname: Darrett

Counties: Daviess


My surname is DARRETT.  My ancestors were born and raised in Daviess County KY.  In the 1880 census they are listed as Darick.  Any information about Abraham, Margaret and their children, James, John Charles, Frank, Chester, Annie, Emma, Mary and Nancy would be greatly appreciated.  Family stories told say that there was a big argument between Abraham and a white man.
They (white people) burned down Abraham's house and killed him.  The rest of the family made it across the river to Evansville, Indiana, where each generation has been since around 1900.  Again...any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks, Dyrena Darrett-Anthony



Date: Tues Dec. 28, 2004


Emailto: [email protected]

Surname: Brown

Counties: Rowan


I am currently searching for James Brown (born in the early 1800s) and his wife charlotte with an unknown maiden name, he is reported to have been a brick mason ,she a house keeper, both was born into slavery in rowan county Kentucky or surrounding area, some of their children were sold to slave owner Rebecca Wilson.

Date: Wed Dec. 22, 2004

Name: Carla Hines Coleman

Surname: Hines, Donaldson & Lheman

Counties: Warren


The names I am researching are Hines, Donaldson and Lehman of Warren Co. living around the Jonesville Twp. area.  Mary Jane Hines is the mother of  3 daughters Catherine or Kate, Esther and Mary and a son George Lehman Hines.  George is my great grandfather and he work on the L&N railroad and educated in Ohio at Wilberforce College.  G.L. lived and taught school in TN then settling in Little Rock, Pulaski Co, AR teaching school taking care of animals for the community of Sweet Home, AR.  The sisters all lived with their stepfather Jordan Donaldson after their mother died.   Two of the sisters are buried there in Bowling Green in Mt. Mariah Cemetery and their mother is buried in Fairview Cem.  If any one  information on the family please contact me.


Date: Fri Dec 17, 2004

Name: Louellen Stokes

Surname: Kitchens

Counties: Unknown


Looking for the Kitchens.  I don't have a clue what county, looking for a needle in a haystack Looking for Fletcher Kitchen born abt 1855.


Date:  Thurs Dec 8, 2004

Name:  Joseph J. Jones

Surname: Jones

Counties Researching: Adair


Thomas J. Jones was born in Columbia, Adair Co., KY in 1823. I am looking for his mother and father ,my great grandfather.
Thanks Joseph J Jones


Date:   Thurs Sep  30,  2004
Robert Claxton Day
Surname: Winston

Counties Researching: Bourbon

My name is Robert Claxton Day (Dickerson). My people come from the Bourbon County area, home base being Brentsville about 3 miles north of Paris in Kentucky. My earliest maternal ancestors are Garland and Rose Johnston Winston circa 1820. Their son Daniel Winston( 1846-1924) was my great grandfather. Two of his daughters married Porters, and their descendants are still living in the Paris and Lexington areas. In fact on August 14 of this year, I gave a family history presentation at our reunion in Paris. I have some documentation (i.e marriage bonds, death certificates, wills and some pictures). For a few years now, I have been unable to break through that brickwall that prevents me from unlocking the slave issue. The "griots" in my family said that Daniel was a slave who changed his name to Winston from the slavemaster's name of Vinson.


My paternal ancestors were named Dickerson and Stout from the same area. I have some information on them, but not as much as the maternal side.


Anything that you can help me with would be most appreciated and anything that I have that can be contributed to help just let me know.


Robert C. Day

Dayton Ohio

Date:   Tue Sep  7 09:12:55 2004
Name:   Steven Eugene Miller
Surname: Armstrong, Williams, Rice

Counties Researching: Mercer, Kenton

I'm searching for info on a John ARMSTRONG Jr. born 1840 in MERCER COUNTY. It is believed that he was a slave of one of the numerous ARMSTRONG Families who arrived to Kentucky with the MCKEE FAMILY in the 1700s. Also I am searching for info on MAMIE WILLIAMS and CHESTER R. RICE born in KENTON COUNTY. They are said to be first cousins. If you have any info on these people or their parents, please contact me.


Date:   Mon Sep  6 15:10:21 2004
Name:   Carolyn Smith

Surname: Brooks, Stivers, Graves , Bass, Brown, Lawson, Booker, Ransom , Smith & Warfield

Counties Researching: Bourbon

Looking for information on the following families from Bourbon County mainly from around North Middletown and Paris, Ky. John BROOKS (BLACKSMITH that owned his shop around 1900)  and Mary BROOKS. Will STIVERS (Mary BROOKS'S son) J C GRAVES and Mary BASS (School Teachers) Howard BROWN (Stone Mason) and Julia LAWSON, Nellie LAWSON, Julia's Mother
John BOOKER and Emma (Emily) RANSOM, Peyton SMITH and WARFIELD.


Date:   Thu Aug 26 13:39:22 2004
Name:   Paige Commodore
Surname: Commodore

Counties Researching: Mason (Mayslick and Maysville)

I am looking for any descendants of the COMMODORE family. We have a little information that dates back to approximately 1870, but nothing before then.  I originally thought our family began here, but according to the 1880 census, I think I'm wrong.  Maysville, KENTUCKY was the end of the slavery side on the Underground Railroad in North Central KENTUCKY.  It's just across the river from Ripley, OHIO.  I'm unsure if our family was here before or after slavery.  I am so anxious to contact any and all persons who may be related to me.  I have a cousin who was able to do some research and her information states that our GGrandparents were John and Delia COMMODORE and they had approximately seven children.  Our grandparents were Lewis and Bertha PAYNE COMMODORE. If you have any information that will be able to assist us in our search it would be greatly appreciated.  Also, all most every COMMODORE listed in the 1880 census was listed as Black.  There were a few Mulattos and very few White; however, in the search of our surname we have found that the name COMMODORE is English.


Date:   Thu Aug 26 11:10:27 2004
Name:   Ethel Trice-Sanders
Surname: Trice

Counties Researching: Christian County/Hopkinsville; Madisonville, KY

I am looking for descendants of John Trice, who was a soldier in the Civil War, born about 1848, Hopkinsville, KY, Christian County, and lived post Civil War in Madisonville, Ky.  He had a daughter, Hortense whose son was also named John.  The latter's surname I do not know, but quite possibly it was  Trice also.  John II had a daughter, Brenda who, I believe was living in Madisonville in 1951.   Anyone having any knowledge of this family please  contact me at
[email protected].  Thank you.


Date:   Wed Aug 25 21:08:10 2004
Name:   Kay Purdey
Surname: Reed

Counties Researching:

I am looking for information on Stephen REED and his wife Nancy Powell. Both were born in KENTUCKY per the 1880 Federal Census but were both living in Michigan at the time of that census. Based on their ages at the time of the census,  Stephen REED would have been born approximately 1800 and his wife Nancy POWELL REED would have been born approximately 1810. Their race was listed as mulatto. They are my ggggrandparents and I am not sure where to look for anymore information on them. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Date:   Wed Aug 25 21:42:26 2004
Name:   Betty Alexander
Surname: Standiford

Counties Researching: Mercer

My maternal Grandmother R.B. Reed told me that she had Great-Grandparents named Pompey and Susan Standiford, but I don't recall from which side of her family. This is what I have found to date:

MERCER SLAVE LIST: Pompey There is a "Pompey" listed as "free colored person" in Mercer County, 1840.

MERCER 1850 CENSUS:                                        

Pompey Standiford  b.1776  in Pennsylvania

Susan Standiford     b.1777  in North Carolina





Date:   Mon Aug 23 08:18:07 2004
Name:   Vicki Gelfo
Surnames: Tolliver, Tolbert

Counties Researching: Jefferson

I am looking for the family of Jesse Tolliver b. July 20, 1907, probably in/near Louisville.  I find him in the 1920 census as a 12 y/o residing at the Louisville Industrial School of Reform.  (According to family members, he had been placed there by his father after the death of his mother, when he was about 9). I have been told by Jesse's granddaughter  that she had heard at one time that the family name "used to be Talbert/Tolbert/Talbott" and while I can't locate a Jesse Tolliver in the 1910 Census I do find a Jesse Tolbert, age 2,  son of David Tolbert 48 and Susan 36 in Fisherville. Both David and Susan are enumerated as having been born in KY. Unfortunately, I can't find David  in any other census.  If the age given in the 1910 census is correct, he would have been born approx. 1861, so it's quite possible he was born in slavery.  I have absolutely no idea when or where he died, and I can't find a death record for a Susan Tolbert between 1907 and 1920.
Does anyone have any ideas where I should look next?


Date:   Sun Aug 15 02:59:09 2004
Name:   Betty Alexader
Surname: Twyman

County: Woodford

TWYMAN in WOODFORD COUNTY. My GGGGrandfather Soloman Twyman is listed in Versailles with his family in the 1870 census. (dob. est. 1819) I am searching for the name of HIS FATHER;  and the names of his siblings. I believe that  Louis Twyman (1817) and Ned Twyman (1824) might be his brothers. (All African American) I will be grateful if someone would look this up for me.
Thanking you in advance.......


Date:   Tue Aug  3 09:45:00 2004
Name:   R. Smith
Surname: Smith, Winkfield and Murphy

County: Fayette

Researching SMITH of Fayette Co. and surrounding communities (especially Utteringtown). SMITH surname - here is a listing of some of the given names: Horace, Kate, Joseph, Horace, Jr., Amelia, Zachariah. Looking for any information relative to the SMITH connection to famous black jockeys such as WINKFIELD, MURPHY. SMITH family has known connections in London, KY (Laurel).


Date:   Sun Aug  1 10:16:23 2004
Name:   Lora Hutsell Washington
Surname: Ranson, Ransom and Hutsell   

I am interested in finding information on Betsy Stevenson RANSON (RANSOM), David Morris HUTSELL, and Willis HUTSELL of Bourbon Co., KY.  I can't find a record of the date of birth or death of Willis HUTSELL or Betsy RANSOM.
Thank you


Date:   Tue Jul 27 05:05:02 2004
Name:  Khairah
Surname: Harris

Angeline Harris lived in Hartford, Kentucky, Ohio county in 1870.  Perhaps her DOB is 1834-1835.  The census of the same year lists her children as Mathew, Arther, Even, Sanford, Annis (or Veniece), and Delia (or Lelar,Lelia).  They were also listed as white.  Maybe they were "passing" since the children and their mother both were products of owner/slave relationships.  Perhaps Mathew and Arther worked as RR (railroad?) hands? The census of 1880 for Owensboro, Kentucky, Daviess county lists the family as Mulatto.  Her children in the household are as follows: Arther, Hugh, Sanford, Annis and Delia.  My GGGrandfather is Charles who I believe to be of the same family from subsequent correspondence.  Any of these names sound familiar please respond at my e-mail.


Date:   Tue Jul 20 19:34:13 2004
Name:   Peggy M. Wilson
Topic: Stearns, Ky. Miners

STEARNS, KY MINERS; The McCreary County Historical & Genealogical Society are in the process of publishing a Pictorial History book of McCreary County, KY. Would like to hear from any descendant or descendants of African American Miners that would have Worked for The Stearns Coal Company in Stearns, KY (McCreary County) There were several listed in the 1930 Census. We need their input for our book. Thanks Peggy M. Wilson


Date:   Mon Jul 19 11:12:40 2004
Name:   Charee Harvey
Surname: Berry

I am searching for information on a Johnson & Amanda Berry Family. They were originally from Nicholas Co. but lived and had relatives in Bourbon & Mason Counties. The two of them had a total of 15 children. If you know of their family or you are related, please email me.


Date:   Sun Jul 18 18:03:19 2004
Name:   Charles Lewis
Surname: Gaines, Logan, Berry, Lewis, Cox, Smith, Frye


Searching for my ancestors from KY. Bettie Gaines, Sallie Logan, Effie Berry, Charles & Susie Lewis, Chester Lewis, Willard & Bertie Cox, Jerome Cox, Beatrice Smith, Thelma Frye. Any help would be appreciated.