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Menifee County (KY) Free Blacks and Free Mulattoes, 1870-1900

Menifee County, surrounded by six counties and located in eastern Kentucky, was formed in 1869 from portions of Bath, Montgomery, Morgan, Powell, and Wolfe Counties. It was named in honor of Richard H. Menefee (spelling variation), who was Commonwealth's Attorney, a Kentucky House Member, and a U.S. Senator. The county seat of Menifee County is Frenchburg, established in 1869 and named in honor of Richard French, a lawyer and circuit court judge who served in both the Kentucky and the U.S. House of Representatives. Menifee County was formed after the slaves were freed by the ratification of the 13th Amendment. The 1870 county population was 1,986, according to the U.S. Federal Census, and increased to 6,889 by 1900. Below are the numbers for the Blacks and Mulattoes in the county for 1870-1900.

1870 U.S. Federal Census
  • 14 Blacks [last names Davis, Williams, and Willis, 1 Roggers]
  • 3 Mulattoes [Jack Donathan, Anna Kring, and Pressilla Wills]
1880 U.S. Federal Census
  • 46 Blacks [most with last name Monear, Simpson, Wilston, and Williams]
1900 U.S. Federal Census
  • 41 Blacks [most with last name Manier, Bush, Gay, and Williams]
For more see Menifee County in The Kentucky Encyclopedia, edited by J. E. Kleber; and A History of Menifee County, Kentucky, by the Menifee County Historical Book Committee.

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NKAA Source: The Kentucky encyclopedia
NKAA Source: The History of Menifee County, Kentucky

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“Menifee County (KY) Free Blacks and Free Mulattoes, 1870-1900,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 28, 2021,

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