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Slave Narrative of Rev. John R. Cox

Interviewer: Carl F. Hall Person Interviewed: Rev. John R. Cox Date of Interview: December 23, 1936 Location: Catlettsburg, Kentucky Date of Birth: 1852 It is probable that slave labor was more expensive to the white masters than free labor would have been. Beside having cost quite a sum a two-year old negro child brought about $1,500 in the slave market, an adult negro, sound and strong, cost from $5,000 up to as high as $25,000, or more. The master had to furnish the servant his living. The free employee is paid only while working; when sick, disabled or when too old to work, his employer is no longer responsible. A slave owner, in West Virginia, bought a thirteen year old black girl at an auction. When this girl was taken to his home she escaped, and after searching every where, without finding her, he decided that she had been helped to escape and gave her up as lost. About two years after that a neighbor, on a closely farm, was in the woods feeding his cattle, he saw what he first thought was a bear, running into the thicket from among his cows. Getting help, he rounded up the cattle and searching the thick woodland, finally found that what he had supposed was a wild animal, was the long lost fugitive black girl. She had lived all this time in caves, feeding on nuts, berries, wild apples and milk from cows, that she could catch and milk. Returned to her master she was sold to a Mr. Morgan Whittaker who lived near where Prestonsburg, Kentucky now is. A Dr....

Biography of Maj. Sampson Barker

MAJ. SAMPSON BARKER. Since 1869, when our subject became connected with the affairs of Taney County, he has enjoyed the reputation of being not only an able financier and talented and well-informed man of the county, but one noted for upright and honorable dealing, and seems to have been admirably fitted by nature for the calling of an agriculturist. He comes of a good old Virginia family, and was born in Scott County of that State November 30, 1832. He is a son of John S. and Sallie (Boyes) Barker, both natives of the Old Diminion, the father born in 1797 and the mother in 1807. The grandfather, Thomas Barker, the founder of the family in America, came from England prior to the Revolutionary War and fought bravely for independence. He was a captain under Shelby at King’s Mountain, and had his powder horn shot off during that battle. He died in Virginia after a long and useful life. The father of our subject reached man’s estate in Virginia, and was also a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He was captain under Scott at Lundy’s Lane. and later was stationed at an island off the coast of Virginia. He was married in his native State and made his home there during life. In connection with farming he raised fine stock, continuing this until seventy-three years of age. In politics he was a lifelong Democrat, and was justice of the peace for a number of years. He was a man of influence in his community and made a good property. The mother of our subject was the daughter of William...

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