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Bullitt County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870
Start Year : 1850
End Year : 1870
Bullitt County is located in the western Bluegrass Region of Kentucky, and is bordered by four other counties. Shepherdsville is the county seat, named for Adam Shepherd, an engineer and Revolutionary War veteran. Shepherdsville was founded in 1793, three years before the county was established. Bullitt County was formed from parts of Jefferson and Nelson Counties, and was named after Alexander Scott Bullitt, the state's first Lieutenant Governor. The total population in 1800 was 3,542, according to the Second Census of Kentucky: 2,564 whites, 969 slaves, 9 free colored. In 1830, there were two African American slave owners in the town of Mount Washington. The 1860 population was 5,631, according to the U.S. Federal Census, and excluding the slaves. Below are the figures for the slave owners, slaves, and free Blacks and Mulattoes from 1850-1870.

1850 Slave Schedule

  • 252 slave owners
  • 1,186 Black slaves
  • 169 Mulatto slaves
  • 23 free Blacks
  • 4 free Mulattoes
1860 Slave Schedule
  • 294 slave owners
  • 1,067 Black slaves
  • 391 Mulatto slaves
  • 13 free Blacks
  • 3 free Mulattoes [women]
1870 U.S. Federal Census
  • 984 Blacks
  • 189 Mulattoes
  • About 16 U.S. Colored Troops listed Bullitt County, KY, as their birth location.
For more see the Bullitt County entry in The Kentucky Encyclopedia edited by J. E. Kleber; Bullitt County, Kentucky by Turner Pub. Co.; and Rogers Family African American Graveyard (Fox Chase) a Bullitt County History Museum website.
Subjects: Slave Owners, Slaves, Free Blacks, Free Mulattoes in Kentucky, 1850-1870 [by county A-C]
Geographic Region: Bullitt County, Kentucky



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