Inventory and division of the slaves of Benjamin Clarke of Fleming County, Kentucky,


Dear Christine:

Attached are are three documents I have found
concerning my ancestor Benjamin Clarke. He came from Fluvanna Co, VA in
approx 1798 with four slaves (I don’t know which four) and settled in
what was then Mason County, KY. I presume he purchased the rest of the
slaves in KY. He died in 1813 in what had by then become Fleming Co, KY.
The Will Probate of which I am sending three pages was drawn in Fleming
Co because that is where his homestead was located but he owned several
thousand acres in both Fleming and Mason Co’s. I have very little information
beyond this point but I would be glad to attempt to answer any further
questions. I hope this information helps you or someone else trace their
ancestry.

Sincerly,
Steve Clarke

Pursuant to an Order of Fleming County Court
at their Dec. term 1816. We the undersigned being first sworn before a
Justice of the peace for’ said county have viewed and appraised in current
money, all the personal property and slaves of the estate of Benjamin
Clark [sic] Dec’d. that has been produced to us. An Inventory of which
is as follows. Viz.

1 Male slave named Bob (blacksmith)……………………………………………………………….
$750.00
1 Do named George (carpenter)…………………………………………………………………………
750
1 Do named Sam…………………………………………………………………………………………..
600
1 Do named Matt…………………………………………………………………………………………..
400

1 Do named Roland………………………………………………………………………………………..
300
1 Do named Frank………………………………………………………………………………………….
300
1 De named James………………………………………………………………………………………..
150
1 Female named Louisa…………………………………………………………………………………..
100
1 Do named America………………………………………………………………………………………100
1 Boy named Jordan……………………………………………………………………………………….
500

1 Girl named Sally………………………………………………………………………………………….
450
1 Do named Maria………………………………………………………………………………………….
450
1 Do named Harriot…………………………………………………………………………………………
450
1 Do named Judy……………………………………………………………………………………………
400
1 Do named Lucy………………………………………………………………………………………….
400
I Boy named Harry………………………………………………………………………………………..
350

1 Man named Davy……………………………………………………………………………………….
100
1 Boy named Sam (young Sam)………………………………………………………………………
500
1 Man named Sam (Maryland Sam) …………………………………………………………………550

1 Boy named Pleasant ………………………………………………………………………………….550
1 Do named Willis………………………………………………………………………………………….
400
1 Do named Dick …………………………………………………………………………………………150

1 Girl named Charity………………………………………………………………………………………
20
I Woman named Dicy and her child Andrew…………………………………………………………
550
1 Girl named Ailsy………………………………………………………………………………………..
450
1 Woman named Hannah and her child Eliza……………………………………………………..
450
1 Boy named Minor………………………………………………………………………………………..
50
1 Dc) named John…………………………………………………………………………………………
500

1 Do named Lewis………………………………………………………………………………………..
200
1 Man named Will………………………………………………………………………………………..
300
1 Boy named Henry……………………………………………………………………………………..
250
1 Girl named Ann………………………………………………………………………………………..
150
1 Boy named George……………………………………………………………………………………
75
1 Woman named Sally………………………………………………………………………………….
200

8 Beds and furniture, including bedsteads…………………………………………………….
$30 each 240
2 Do………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
$45
One Teaster bedstead, Bed and furniture …………………………………………………………$40.85

3 Square tables……………………………………………………………………………………………
$4
One Dining Do ………………………………………………………………………………………….$4.50
1 Pair Round end Tables ……………………………………………………………………………….$18

One dining Do…………………………………………………………………………………………….
$8.26
1 Breakfast Table ………………………………………………………………………………………….$5.5

169 Out hogs, 113 Fatted hogs [sic:], and I Oxcart. Jackscrew and haystack…………….. 
697.25
1 Stud horse ………………………………………………………………………………………………….15

In Obedience to an Order of the Flemimg Countv
Court made at their February Term 1817, directing us to divide
the real Estate as well as the slaves of Benjamin Clarke Dec’d. among
the representatives of the said Benjamin Clarke Dec’d, after first being
sworn before Henry Bruce a Justice of the Peace in and for said County
of Fleming, we proceeded to make the following division of the slaves.
Viz.

Representatives
Slaves
Walter
Lacy

Elizabeth Lacy Late

Elizabeth Clarke

Milly,
Melinda, Samuel Carpenter, Hannah and Child Eliza, Young Samuel, Lewis,
Charity
Joseph
K. Sumral
     

& Susan Surer all Late

Susan Clarke

Rhody,
Will, P1easant, Gadak, Roland, America, Dick
A.F.
McMillin

Mary McMillin Late

Mary Clarke

Fannv
& Child Mary Ann, George Carpenter, Alsy, Ann, George, Jordan
Daniel
Clarke
Sally,
Davy, Lucy, Bob, Frank, James, Louisa
Thomas
Clarke
Wallas,
Sally, Minor, Willis, Henry, Maria
Virginia
Clarke
Samuel
Maryland, Dicy, Child Andrew, John, Harry, Harriot

In witness whereof we have hereinto set our
hands and seals this 13th day of February. 1817.

[signed]
WM McDonald
Lewis Bullock

Alex Dougherty