Location: Lawrence County KY

Slave Narrative of Elphas P. Hylton

LAWRENCE CO. (Edna Lane Carter) Extract from the Civil War diary kept by Elphas P. Hylton, a Lawrence Co. volunteer in the Union Army. “On 17th of July (1864) I was detailed for picket duty and saw three thousand negro soldiers on a grand review, a black cloud to see. On the 18th I was relieved of duty. Here I became dissatisfied as a soldier on account of the negro, negro, negro. On the 23rd we began to get ready to leave this negro hole and on the 24th, to our great joy and gladness, we were sent into camp near...

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Boyd County, Kentucky

BOYD CO. (Carl F. Hall) The Commonwealth of Kentucky, having for a northern boundary the Ohio River-the dividing line between the northern free states and the southern slave states has always been regarded as a southern state. As in the other states of the old south, slavery was an institution until the Thirteenth Ammendment to the Constitution of the United States gave the negro freedom in 1865. Kentucky did not, as other southern states, secede from the Union, but attempted to be neutral during the Civil War. The people, however, were divided in their allegience, furnishing recruits for both the Federal and Confederate armies. The president of the Union, Abraham Lincoln, and the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, both were born in this state. Boyd County was formed in 1860 from parts of Lawrence, Greenup and Carter Counties, and we are unable to find any records, in Boyd County, as to slave holders and their slaves, though it is known that many well to do families the Catletts, Davis, Poages, Williams and others were slave holders. Slaves were not regarded as persons, had no civil rights and were owned just as any other chattel property, were bought and sold like horses and cattle, and knew no law but the will of their white masters and like other domestic animals could be, and were, acquired and disposed of without...

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Biography of James Franklin Norton

JAMES FRANKLIN NORTON, merchant and farmer of Eminence, Missouri, is a native of the Blue Grass State, born in Lawrence County, in 1839. His father, David Norton, who was reared in Virginia, moved to Kentucky at an early date and when our subject was but an infant came to Audrain County, Missouri, where he passed his last days. He was a prominent farmer and stockraiser, and while a resident of Audrain County held the office of justice of the peace. Politically he was a Democrat, and fraternally a Mason. His death occurred in 1852 when about forty years of age. His wife, whose maiden name was Emily Davidson, was a native of Virginia. She died in 1859 and was an exemplary member of the Methodist Church. They were the parents of nine children, seven of whom are now living, four sons and three daughters. Our subject, who was one of these children, attended school in Audrain County, and took care of the family until all the children were married. In 1858 he came to Shannon County, where he had previously bought a small farm of government land which he entered at the land office at Jackson, Missouri, and here he found very few settlers. He turned his attention to farming and black smithing, having learned the latter in Audrain County, and followed his trade for the most part for...

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Biography of William L. Ryder

Prominent among the businessmen of Payette is William Louis Ryder, who for eight years has been closely identified with the history of the city as a representative of one of its most important business interests. He is a man of keen discrimination and sound judgment, and his executive ability and excellent management have brought to the concern with which he is connected a large degree of success. The safe, conservative policy which he inaugurated commends itself to the judgment of all, and has secured to the company a patronage which makes the volume of trade transacted over its counters of great importance and magnitude. The prosperity of the Payette Valley Mercantile Company, Limited, is certainly due in a large measure to its president and manager, the gentleman whose name initiates this review. Mr. Ryder claims Kentucky as the state of his nativity, and was born in Louisa, Lawrence County, February 5, 1847. His ancestors were early settlers of the east and south. His grandfather. John Ryder, removed from Pennsylvania to Virginia, and Levi Ryder, father of our subject, from Virginia to Kentucky. He married Miss Martha Burns, and was engaged in the manufacture and sale of harness, saddlery and other goods in that line. He died of pneumonia, in the thirty-fifth year of his age. His wife survived him for some time, and reached the age of seventy-six years....

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Lawrence County, Kentucky Census Records

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Lawrence County, Kentucky Cemetery Records

Lawrence County Lawrence County, Kentucky Cemetery Records Hosted at Lawrence County USGenWeb Archives Project Austin-Diamond Cemetery Bell Cemetery Benard Cemetery Bernard-Yates Cemetery Burke Cemetery Chandler Cemetery Childres Cemetery Collinsworth Cemetery Collinsworth Shortridge Cemetery Collinsworth Cemetery Estep Cemetery Georges Creek Cemetery Harmon Cemetery Harmon Cemetery Lambert Cemetery Mayo Cemetery Moore Cemetery Moses Preston Cemetery No Name Cemetery No Name Cemetery Art Preston’s Cemetery Rowe Cemetery Robert Preston Cemetery VanHoose Cemetery Webb Cemetery Wheeler Cemetery Lawrence County, Kentucky Cemetery Records Hosted at Lawrence County, Kentucky KYGenWeb Adams Cemetery Arrington Cemetery Austin-Boyd Cemetery Bell Cemetery Benard Cemetery Benard Yates Berry Cemetery Blevins (Tommy & Margaret) Cemetery  Burke, Maynard, Mann, Adams, Wellman  Bryant Cemetery Castle Cemetery Certain Cemetery Chaffin Cemetery Chandler Cemetery, Charlie, KY Chandler Cemetery, Nelson Branch Childres Cemetery Clay Cemetery Cline Cemetery Coburn Cemetery Cordle Cemetery Cordle (William Jr.) Cemetery Cordle (William Sr.) Cemetery Davis-Borders Cemetery Edwards (W.S. “Fee”) Cemetery Estep Cemetery Ferguson (Millard) Cemetery Fyffe Cemetery Hay Cemetery Hayes-Moore Cemetery Hensley Cemetery Hicks Cemetery Jobe (Shady Grove) Cemetery Judd-Miller Cemetery Layne Cemetery Lemaster Cemetery Lyon-Holbrook Cemetery Martha Church of God Cemetery Moore Cemetery Parker Boggs Cemetery Peecher Cemetery Phillips Cemetery Phillips-Whitley Cemetery Arthur Preston Cemetery Preston Cemetery Rose & Mullins Cemetery Skaggs Cemetery Smith Cemetery Swetnam Cemetery Union Camps Cemetery VanHoose Cemetery VanHorn Cemetery Vanover Cemetery Waller Cemetery Walters Cemetery (Blaine) Webb (Charles H.) Cemetery Webb Cemetery Wellman (Jay) Cemetery...

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Biography of Hon. R. S. Strahan

HON. R.S. STRAHAN. – Judge Strahan, as a member of the Oregon supreme court, is widely known as being able and upright, and is universally recognized as one of our most popular representatives of the state judiciary. He was born in Kentucky in 1835. During his childhood he removed with his father to the Platte reserve, as the section was then known, in Missouri, and several years later to Mexico in the same state, living on a farm until he reached manhood, and cultivating the use of brain, brawn and nerve, and cherishing a country-boy’s ambition. The strength and hope thus developed on a farm has served many a man, as well as Judge Strahan, with the impetus which has borne him far into the higher realms of action and society. He obtained all the education to be had at the country school-house, and to this added a brief academic course preparatory to the study of law, in which is tastes inclined him. He entered upon legal studies at Louisa, Kentucky, early in 1856, and completed his course and was admitted to the bar in 1857. Returning to the state which he now called his home, he set up a practice at Milan, Missouri, and met with due success. His abilities became so well known as to attract attention and inspire confidence among the people of the county (Sullivan)...

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