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

Letcher, Sukey

(born: 1781) 

Sukey Letcher, the widow of George Letcher, was born near White Oak Spring in Mercer County, KY around 1781, the slave of Leonard Thompson. She was thought to be one of the first of African descent to be born in Kentucky.

On April 16, 1873, Sukey Letcher was living in Harrodsburg, KY, the oldest living Colored person born in Kentucky. According to author Lewis Collins, the 1777 Harrodsburg Census showed there were 19 slaves at a time when only a few slave families had been brought to Boonesborough and Logan's Station. Sukey [Sooky] Letcher is listed in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census with a note that she was the first Colored child born in Mercer County, KY. She was living with five members of the George Smith household.

Sukey Letcher is not listed as a free person in the U.S. Census prior to 1870; she may not have gained her freedom until after the Civil War. She died some time between 1873 and 1880. For more see "The Oldest Colored Person" on p. 614 in Collins Historical Sketches of Kentucky: history of Kentucky, volume 2, by L. Collins and R. Collins.


Kentucky County & Region

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Kentucky Place (Town or City)

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NKAA Source: Collins' historical sketches of Kentucky : history of Kentucky

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