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

Knott County (KY) Free Blacks and Free Mulattoes, 1900-1920

Knott County, located in eastern Kentucky, was formed from portions of Perry, Letcher, Floyd, and Breathitt Counties in 1884; it is surrounded by six counties Knott County was named for Governor James P. Knott, who was also a U.S. Congressman. The county seat is Hindman, founded in 1884, and named for the Lieutenant Governor James P. Hindman.

The county population in 1900 was 8,776. Knott County was formed after Kentucky slaves were freed by the ratification of the 13th Amendment; therefore, below are the number of Blacks and Mulattoes for 1900-1920.

1900 U.S. Federal Census
  • 169 Blacks
  • 0 Mulattoes
  • All lived in the community of Carr, Knott County, KY.
1910 U.S. Federal Census
  • 143 Blacks [majority with the last names of Adams, Christian, Combs, Cowles, Francis, Hagans, or Williams]
  • 6 Coloreds [last names Adams, Cowles, Francis, or Williams]
  • 5 Mulattoes [all with last name Hagans]
  • All lived in Lower Carr, Knott County, KY, except two who lived in Troublesome, Knott County, Ky.
1920 U.S. Federal Census
  • 150 Blacks
  • 0 Mulattoes
  • All lived in Lower Carr, Knott County, KY.
  • About 8 Blacks and 2 Coloreds registered for World War I in Knott County, Kentucky.
For more see the Knott County entry in The Kentucky Encyclopedia, edited by J. E. Kleber; History and Families, Knott County, Kentucky, Turner Publishing Company; and Community and Neighborhood Groupings in Knott County, by M. D. Oyler.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Knott County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Hindman, Kentucky in Wikipedia.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: The Kentucky encyclopedia
NKAA Source: History and families, Knott County, Kentucky
NKAA Source: Community and neighborhood groupings in Knott County

Cite This NKAA Entry:

“Knott County (KY) Free Blacks and Free Mulattoes, 1900-1920,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 30, 2021,

Last modified: 2020-06-16 17:47:18