Punishment for crimes was sometimes dealt in full view of local citizens in the public square. The following court order to have stocks and a whipping post built was located in Box 2 (1805-1811) of the loose county clerk's papers in the Livingston County, Kentucky Clerk's Office and recorded in Court Order Book C, (no pagination) on Wednesday, the 4th of May 1808. At the time of this order, Salem was the county seat of justice. Click on the photo for an enlarged view.
Order for Bids on Whipping Posts and Stocks
"Livingston County Court May Term 1808
Ordered that stocks and whipping post be erected on the publick square of this county, to wit, a good strong white oak post 20 inches in Diamiter eight square and a platt form 8 feet long and four wide and a pillory thereon the post to be placed 4 feet in the ground strong white oak stocks put through it at the ground six feet long the platt form and pillory to be 7 feet from the ground and a pair of hand cuffs or clamps fixed on said post at a proper hight for whipping post the work to be done by the first monday in June next provided it can be done for $20 - and the money to be paid out of the County Levy laid next fall and that Enoch Prince William Ficklin & Enoch Hooper be appointed to let superintend the same &c -- A copy test Enoch Prince"
Published 28 Feb 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/