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Yowell, Samuel [Petersburg Colored School]

(born: 1791  -  died: 1872) 

Born in Virginia, Samuel Yowell [also spelled Youell] owned property in Petersburg, KY. He is listed in the 1860 U.S. Federal Census as a freeman who supported himslef as a weaver. Included in his household was Jane Yowell, born in 1810 in Virginia.

In the 1870 Census, Samuel Yowell's is listed as a fisherman. Two children lived with him and Jane: 12-year old Mat Yowell and 5-year old Amanda Yowell, both born in Kentucky.

Samuel Yowell died in Petersburg in 1872 with no heirs, so his property, lots 172 and 173, became the property of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In 1882, the Kentucky Legislature passed "An Act for the benefit of the colored schools in Petersburg, Kentucky," granting that lots 172 and 173 be used for the schools. Petersburg was established in 1800 and is an unincorporated community in Boone County. In 1880, the population was 1,377 with 98 African Americans.

For more see "Laws of Kentucky," Acts Passed at the...Session of the General Assembly for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Chapter 1019, pp. 464-465 [available full-text at Google Book s].

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