From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

London (slave)

(died: 1778) 

London, who was killed during the battle at Fort Boone, was the slave of Colonel Richard Henderson. They had come from Virginia to what was then known as the County of Kentucky. Colonel Henderson was associated with the Transylvania Company that had hired Daniel Boone to help settle the region (Kentucky). When London was killed, Henderson sent a petition to the Virginia General Assembly seeking compensation for the death of his slave; London had been given a gun and ordered by the commanding officer to take up a post outside the fort to help fight against the attack by Shawnee Indians. Henderson stated that if London had stayed in the cabin, rather than following orders to fight, he would not have been killed. Read the text of the petition in Petitions of the Early Inhabitants of Kentucky to the General Assembly of Virginia 1769-1792, by J. R. Robertson [available full view at Google Book Search].


Kentucky County & Region

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Kentucky Place (Town or City)

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NKAA Source: Petitions of the early inhabitants of Kentucky to the General Assembly of Virginia, 1769 to 1792

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“London (slave),” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed October 30, 2020,

Last modified: 2018-12-24 15:29:55