Slaves in Kentucky were emancipated through the county court or through a provision in the last will and testament of the slave's owner. The following handwritten document provided for the emancipation of a slave woman, Mary, by Milintha Johnson. This paper was located in the loose county court papers, Emancipations, Caldwell County Clerk's Office.
"Caldwell County July 27 1819
"Whereas for the many valuable servises rendered unto me and my family by my negro woman Mary, who has assisted me through many of the hardships of life
"I do hereby make known to all Persons that said black woman Mary is to be free at my death. And I do by these presents emancipate and set free the said Negro woman Mary at my death hereby requesting the County Court of Caldwell to give this paper a place on their records together with her papers of freedom after my decease.
"In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the date above in Presence of [signed] Milintha (X her mark) Johnson.
Test Thos. Beck Joshua G. Church"
[Reverse: Bill of Emancipation Negro Woman Mary by} Mrs. Johnson. Proven by Beck & Church Augst 23d 1819. 1819 Emancipation]
Published 9 Feb 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/