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  1. The John Meaux Property Division

    The John Meaux Property Division

    Editor’s Note: The research presented in this report was featured in a recent episode of Finding Your Roots on PBS as it followed the ancestry of actress Maya Rudolph. By Kandie Adkinson, Administrative Specialist, Land Office Division, Office of the Secretary of State As Researched by The Harrodsburg-Mercer County Oral...

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  2. Emily, Charles and Joe: The Graham/Jones/Davis Surname Mystery

    Emily, Charles and Joe: The Graham/Jones/Davis Surname Mystery

    By: Mary E. Clay This is a story about a surname puzzle.  A similar story could be told by many other African Americans trying to find their ancestors.  The search for the surnames the ancestors took after they were freed can be a true test of one’s research abilities.  This...

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  3. Collections Corner: The Watson-Robinson Letters

    Collections Corner: The Watson-Robinson Letters

    In the summer of 2012, KHS acquired letters that made a few headlines. The reason the Watson-Robinson letters garnered such attention was due to the fact that most of the authors were from the African American community prior to the Civil War. While scholars and historians will spend years dissecting...

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  4. Book Notes – Slaves Identified in Kenton County, 1840-1865

    Book Notes – Slaves Identified in Kenton County, 1840-1865

    Slaves Identified in Kenton County, Kentucky Clerk’s and Kenton County Vital Statistic Records, 1840-1865. By Arnold Taylor.  (2014.  Pp. 58.  Spiral Softcover. Lexington: www.slavelawsuits.com)  This new title by Arnold Taylor was recently accepted into the library holdings here at KHS. As a transcribed collection of enslaved individuals listed in Kenton...

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  5. Dragging Fact from Fiction: Harlan’s Station, “The Old Stone House” and The Elijah Harlan House

    Dragging Fact from Fiction: Harlan’s Station, “The Old Stone House” and The Elijah Harlan House

    By: Michael J. Denis and Kelli Weaver-Miner Often in history, places play a secondary role to the people who are associated with that place.  Harlan’s Station, “The Old Stone House” and the Elijah Harlan house may well be an exception.  These three historic sites, located about 5 miles west of...

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