Garrard County records

Abstract

The Garrard County records (dated 1784-1916; 2.63 cubic feet; 5 boxes) consists of official documents pertaining to the different towns in Garrard County, Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Garrard County records
Extent
2.63 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Pollbooks.
Land grants -- Kentucky.
Slaveholders -- Kentucky
Kentucky -- Census.
County courts -- Kentucky.
Elections -- Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Ida Sell
Preferred Citation
68m64: [identification of item] Garrard County records, 1784-1916, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Garrard County, Kentucky, named for Governor James Garrard (1796-1904), was formed in 1797, with the county seat of Lancaster.
Scope and Content
The Garrard County records (dated 1784-1916; 2.63 cubic feet; 5 boxes) consists of official documents pertaining to the different towns in Garrard County, Kentucky. The official documents include land grantes, business licenses, land grant records, census records, tax lists, slave compensation requests following the Civil War, and poll books. The poll books make up the bulk of the collection and show the number of voters for towns in Garrard County from 1831-1892. The types of elections included local bond issues and county government positions, such as sheriff, court of appeals judge, justice of the peace, and superintendent of public instruction. Additionally, the census records from the 1870s show an African-American majority of the population in the county.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Land records, 1784-1865

The land records series includes land grants, a gift of real estate, from the government for residents of Garrard County, Patrick Henry and the Ross family.

Ross family land grants, 1785-1865

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Patrick Henry land grant, 1784

  • Box 4, folder 1
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Legal papers, 1797-1873

The Legal papers series includes official documents from the county court and commissioner for Garrard County. Licenses for businesses from the county commissioner, especially for tavern keepers are included in the collection. There are requests sent to the county courts for compensation for slaves who joined the Union Army during the Civil War and lists of taxes paid.

Court of Quarter Sessions, 1797-1799

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Tavern keeper's bonds, 1797-1820

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Tax lists, 1805-1819

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Claims for slave compensation, 1863-1873

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Commissioner's book, 1850

  • Box 4, folder 2
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Election papers, 1831-1892

The Election papers series includes certificates granted different towns in Garrard County the right to hold elections. Primarily the series is made of poll books from the polling places in the county including Bryantsville, Lancaster, Buckeye, Brandy Springs, the Court House and the Engine House during the mid nineteenth century.

Election certificates, 1851-1892

The Election certificates subseries shows who was given the right to hold election at a polling place in Garrard County from 1851 until 1892.

1851 May-1869 May

  • Box 1, folder 6-7
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1870 August-1892 November

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Bryantsville poll book, 1831-1887

The Bryantsville Poll Book subseries includes votes in local elections from 1831 until 1887.

1831 August

  • Box 1, folder 9
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1854 August

  • Box 1, folder 10
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1855 May-August

  • Box 2, folder 1
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1856 August

  • Box 2, folder 2
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1875 August

  • Box 2, folder 3
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1876 August-1877 August

  • Box 2, folder 4
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1878 August

  • Box 2, folder 5
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1880 August 2

  • Box 2, folder 6
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1883 August

  • Box 4, folder 3
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1886 November 2

  • Box 4, folder 4
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1886 November 6

  • Box 4, folder 6
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1887 August 1

  • Box 4, folder 5
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Lancaster poll book, 1845-1891

The Lancaster Poll Book subseries includes votes in local elections from 1854 until 1891.

1845 May

  • Box 2, folder 7
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1854 August

  • Box 2, folder 8
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1855 May

  • Box 2, folder 9
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1855 August

  • Box 2, folder 10
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1856 August

  • Box 2, folder 11
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1864 May

  • Box 2, folder 12
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1870 August

  • Box 4, folder 8
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1876 August

  • Box 2, folder 13
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1876 November

  • Box 4, folder 9
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1878 August

  • Box 2, folder 14
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1879 May

  • Box 2, folder 15
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1888 August 6

  • Box 2, folder 16
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1891 August 3

  • Box 4, folder 7
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Brandy Springs poll book, 1854-1886

The Brandy Springs Poll Book subseries includes votes in local elections from 1854 until 1886.

1854 August 7

  • Box 2, folder 18
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1855 May-1856 August

  • Box 2, folder 19
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1866 August

  • Box 2, folder 17
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1870 August

  • Box 4, folder 11
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1870 November-1872 August

  • Box 2, folder 20
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1875 August

  • Box 2, folder 21
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1878 August

  • Box 3, folder 1
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1880 August 2

  • Box 3, folder 2
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1886 August 2

  • Box 4, folder 10
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Buckeye poll book, 1855-1892

The Bryantsville Poll Book subseries includes votes in local elections from 1855 until 1892.

1855 May-1856 August

  • Box 3, folder 3
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1878

  • Box 3, folder 4
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1879 August

  • Box 4, folder 12
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1881 August 1

  • Box 4, folder 13
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1884 November

  • Box 5, folder 4
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1888 November 6

  • Box 5, folder 5
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1889 August

  • Box 3, folder 5
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1890 August 4

  • Box 5, folder 6
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1892 August 20

  • Box 3, folder 6
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Court House poll book, 1878 August-1880 August

  • Box 3, folder 7
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Engine House poll book, 1880-1890

The Engine House Poll Book subseries includes votes in local elections from 1880 until 1890.

1880 August 2

  • Box 3, folder 8
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1883 August

  • Box 5, folder 7
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1884 November

  • Box 5, folder 8
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1886 November 2

  • Box 5, folder 9
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1890 November 4

  • Box 5, folder 10
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Census, 1874-1916

The Census series includes records from the 1870s which reveal that African Americans were the majority of the population in Garrard County. The annual census of white schools tablature shows how many students were in every grade of the segregated white school. The two forms from 1815-1816 also include rules for obtaining population statistics in white and black schools.

County deaths and births, 1874-1878

  • Box 5, folder 1-3
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Annual census of white schools, 1915-1916

  • Box 3, folder 9
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