Stray records include not only livestock, but also boats and other water vehicles found adrift. The found item was taken before the local justice of the peace, appraised and a small fee paid. The "finder" had to swear he had not changed, defaced or altered any marks or brands on the item. If no one claimed it after a period of time, the found item could become the property of the finder.
Stray Records are a good way to place a person in a particular place and at a particular time. They are especially helpful in locating the residence of persons who didn't own land. Crittenden County stray records begin in the spring of 1842 and are recorded in Stray Book 1842 - 1914. This book is located in the Crittenden County Clerk's Office in Marion, Kentucky.
Taken up by Abner A. Going on the waters of Crooked Creek, one stray steer yearling cow beast appraised to $2.25 by John Gregory. 9 Jan 1843. James Cruce, J.P.
Taken up by Simeon Touzen on the waters of Crooked Creek, one stray bull cow beast appraised to $1.25 by John Gregory. 9 Jan 1843. James Cruce, J.P.
Taken up by Thomas Barnett near Wm. Wallace's ferry [on] Ohio River, one black filly valued at $15, also one horse mule appraised at $15 by Wm. Wallace & James Mallady. 2 Jan 1843. R.H. Haynes, J.P.
Taken up by John Price living on Tradewater near Pustes[?] Landing, one yearland hever [sic] calf Praised to 75 cents by David B. Stepheson [sic]. 21 Jan 1843. S.L. Phillips, J.P.
Taken up by W.N. Cain, residing near Flynns Old ferry, one young red steer appraised to $5.50 by T. Tayler & J.R. Cain. 17 Jan 1843. J. Hughes, J.P.
Taken up by Thomas Yeates, living near the Sulpher Springs, a 2 year old steer appraised to $1 by R.N. Dudney. 20 Feb 1843. A. Larowe, J.P.
Taken up by Mag. Saml. Nunn, residing near Tradewater, one old stray ferry boat 30 feet long and seven and a half feet wide appraised to $1 by John Walker. 27 Apr 1843. Jos. Hughes, J.P.
Taken up by Samuel A. Wilburn, living 4 1/2 miles from Salem on the Morganfield Road, a bay horse appraised to $10 by Jesse Lucas and Wm. Threlkeld. 6 May 1843. A. Larowe, J.P.
Taken up by Martin Williams, a black stear appraised to $6 by John Bennett & Joshua Orr. 13 Jun 1843. Martin Williams, J.P.
Taken up as a stray by Wm. Nuckles on Ohio River above mouth of Hurricane, a black bull appraised to $2.50 by Richd. Elson and Harvey J. Minner. 9 Mar 1843. R.H. Haynes, J.P.
Taken up by Robert Moore living 3 miles West of Marion, one sorrell mare appraised to $11 by John Gregory and James Paris. 20 Jul 1843. J.D. Gregory, J.P.
Taken up by Wm. Samples, living four miles southeast of Marion, one sorrel mare worth $35. 27 Sep 1843. H.R.D. Coleman, J.P.
Taken up by Wm. W. Brown, living seven miles west of Marion, a young stud colt appraised to $15. 22 Nov 1843. H.R.D. Coleman, J.P.
Taken up by William Welden, on the head waters of Crooked Creek, one stray bull yearling appraised to $2.25 by James Riley. 16 Dec 1843. James Cruce, J.P.
Taken up by Timothy Taylor, residing near the town of Zelondy[?] on the Ohio River, one brown mare colt appraised by John R. Cain & Isaac Beals to the sum of $5. 23 Dec 1843. Jos. Hughes, J.P.
Taken up by John T. Phillips, residing near Trade water, one bay horse appraised to $15. 30 Dec 1843. Jos. Hughes, J.P.
Published 8 April 2016, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/