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Free Station (Owen County, KY)

(start date: 1847) 

Tom Frazier was the first slave to be freed in Owen County, in 1825. He had been owned by members of the Hardin family and Benjamin F. Hawkins. The next slave to be freed was Tobias in 1827; he had been owned by Alexander Guthrie.

By 1843, there were 1,143 slaves in Owen County, including those owned by Susannah Herndon Rogers. In 1847, Rogers' emancipated her slaves, and her property was divided into 10 lots and given to her former slaves, all of whom had the last name Locust. The community that was formed became known as Free Station.

In 1849, it became law in Kentucky that a security bond must be posted for every slave who was freed. The law would stall the emancipation of Rogers' brother's slaves [James Herndon].

For more see Mountain Island In Owen County, Kentucky: the settlers and their churches, by J. C. Bryant.

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NKAA Entry: Mountain Island (Owen County, KY)
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