Christian Co., Slave History, In brief


Christian County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870
Start Year : 1850
End Year : 1870
Christian County is located in southwestern Kentucky, bounded by the Tennessee state border and five Kentucky counties. It was formed from a portion of Logan County in 1797 and named for the American Revolutionary War veteran William Christian who was from Virginia. There is also a Christian County in Illinois and another in Missouri. In Kentucky, the county seat of Christian County is Hopkinsville, which was incorporated in 1804 and named for Samuel Hopkins, a Kentucky Representative and Senator, and a U.S. Congressman who was born in Virginia. The 1810 Christian County population was 1,534, and increased to 11,676 by 1860, excluding the slaves. Below are the figures for the slaves, and free Blacks and Mulattoes.

1850 Slave Schedule

  • 1,184 slave owners
  • 7,120 Black slaves
  • 1,020 Mulatto slaves
  • 121 free Blacks
  • 30 free Mulattoes

1860 Slave Schedule

  • 1,178 slave owners
  • 8,055 Black slaves
  • 1 Colored slave [owned by Elizabeth J. Barnett]
  • 1,878 Mulatto slaves
  • 34 free Blacks
  • 22 free Mulattoes

1870 U.S. Federal Census

  • 9,518 Blacks
  • 259 Mulattoes
  • About 500 U.S. Colored Troops listed Christian County, KY, as their birth location.

For more see the Christian County entry in The Kentucky Encyclopedia edited by J. E. Kleber; A History of Christian County, Kentucky, from Oxcart to Airplane by C. M. Meacham; Christian County, Kentucky, Historical and Biographical by W. H. Perrin; and The Dark Side of Hopkinsville by T. Poston and K. Hauke
Subjects: Slave Owners, Slaves, Free Blacks, Free Mulattoes in Kentucky, 1850-1870 [by county A-C]
Geographic Region: Christian County, Kentucky

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