Montgomery County Historical Society, Anderson Chenault papers

Abstract

The Montgomery County Historical Society, Anderson Chenault papers (1826-1878; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises slave bills of sale, letters, receipts, contracts, and powers of attorney. The papers primarily relate to Chenault's activities as a slaveowner.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Montgomery County Historical Society, Anderson Chenault papers
Creator
Chenault, Anderson
Extent
0.23 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Slavery -- Kentucky.
Fugitive slaves -- Kentucky.
Slaves -- Emancipation -- Kentucky
Bills of sale.
Contracts.
Correspondence.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Megan Mummey
Preferred Citation
2015ms055: [identification of item], Montgomery County Historical Society, Anderson Chenault papers, 1826-1878, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Anderson Chenault (1812-1884) was a farmer and slaveowner in Madison and Montgomery Counties. Born in Madison County to David Cheanult and Nancy Tribble Chenault, Anderson moved to Montgomery County in 1832 with his brother Walter and purchased a farm. He returned to Madison County in 1843 and married Margaret Oldham (b. 1830) there in 1852. They had seven children: Nannie, William C., Waller, Anderson J., Mollie W., Maggie O., and Lucy. Chenault returned to Montgomery County in 1853 and resided there until his death in 1884.
Scope and Content
The Montgomery County Historical Society, Anderson Chenault papers (1826-1878; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises slave bills of sale, letters, receipts, contracts, and powers of attorney. The papers primarily relate to Chenault's activities as a slaveowner. The slave bills of sale and other agreements record Chenault's purchase and sale of slaves. The papers include a letter of introduction for Anderson Chenault to a Union soldier, Col. Gilbert. The letter states that Chenault was a loyal Union man looking for an escaped slave. The slave is not named. Slaves owned by Chenault included Oren, Henry, James, Jane, Charles, Weldin, Melinda, Eliza, David, and Catherin. Upon emancipation many of Chenault's former slaves took his last name. Additionally, the papers contain post-emancipation documents, such as contracts with Oren Chenault and James Chenault as well as a receipt for a coffin bought by Anderson Chenault for the wife of Jim a black man.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Open for research. This collection is only available electronically.
Use Restrictions
The physical (digital) rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

David Chenault slave bill of sale for five year old boy named Phil, 1826 September 7

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Walter Chenault slave bill of sale for eleven year old boy named Arren [Oren], 1830 December 29

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Anderson Chenault slave bill of sale for fifteen year old boy named James, 1833 January 12

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Walter and Anderson Chenault slave bill of sale for fifteen year old boy named James, 1840 February 5

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Walter Chenault slave bill of sale for girl named Jane, 1840 August 10

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Walter and Anderson Chenault articles of agreement regarding the rent of a house, garden, and blacksmith shop, 1842 March 1

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Walter and Anderson Chenault tax receipt, Montgomery County, 1843 May 30

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David Chenault acknowledgement to Anderson and Nancy Chenault, regarding disbursement of slaves following John Chenault's death , 1843 October 23

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Anderson Chenault slave bill of sale for boys Henry, Weldin, and Madison, 1843 November 21

  • Box 1, folder 9
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David Chenault receipt to Anderson Chenault for woman named Jane and her son Charles, 1843 November 21

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Anderson Chenault slave bill of sale for twenty year old woman named Malinda, 1846 January 31

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Anderson Chenault slave bill of sale for girle named [Size], 1847 December 29

  • Box 1, folder 12
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David Chenault slave bill of sale for boy named Madison, 1848 October 30

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Anderson Chenault slave bill of sale for woman named Eliza (3 copies), 1848 January 1

  • Box 1, folder 14
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David Chenault statement regarding Anderson Chenault and slaves Oren and Henry, 1850 October 9

  • Box 1, folder 15
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Anderson Chenault slave bill of sale for boys David and Orrin [Oren], 1853 Janaury 5

  • Box 1, folder 16
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Anderson Chenault slave bill of sale for thirty-eight year old woman named Manera and a three year old girl named Catherin, 1853 Janaury 11

  • Box 1, folder 17
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William Tipton letter to Anderson Chenault, 1855 September 11

  • Box 1, folder 18
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Jonathan L. William letter to Col. Gilbert, introducing Anderson Chenault looking for an escaped slave at a Union army camp, 1863 July 23

  • Box 1, folder 19
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Adams Express Company receipt, 1863 November 3

  • Box 1, folder 20
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[Will J. Walker] letter to Col. Gilbert introducing Anderson Chenault, 1863 July 24

  • Box 1, folder 21
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Dawson Turner letter to Anderson Chenault, 1865 September 4

  • Box 1, folder 22
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Anderson Chenault contract with Catherine Gatewood (2 copies), 1866 January 1

  • Box 1, folder 23
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Anderson Chenault contract with Oren Chenault, 1866 January 1

  • Box 1, folder 24
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Anderson Chenault receipt for coffin made for Jim's wife, a black man, 1868 December 28

  • Box 1, folder 25
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Article of agreement between James and Sam Chenault, ex-slaves, and Anderson Chenault, 1869 March 1

  • Box 1, folder 26
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Bellewood Female Seminary bill for Nannie, sent to Anderson Chenault, 1869 May 6

  • Box 1, folder 27
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Belle Ballou letter to Anderson Chneault, 1872 August 8

  • Box 1, folder 28
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Anderson Chenault power of attorney, 1873 September 22

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John Jay Anderson letter to B.J. Tipton, 1874 April 20

  • Box 1, folder 30
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W.E. Covert letter to Anderson Chenault regarding claim for supplies taken by the U.S. government during the Civil War, 1875 August 31

  • Box 1, folder 31
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Joseph B. O'Rear certification of Anderson and Margaret Chenault as members in good standing of the Spencer Creek Christian Church, 1877 July 4

  • Box 1, folder 32
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Anderson Chenault power of attorney, 1878 May 31

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