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Migration Clues

Have you used city directories to help locate a person between census years? Although I’m not finding as much detail in tax lists, I am finding that they help track migration in the early 1800s.

I’ve been doing FAN club research in early Kentucky. So far, I’ve been concentrating on the area that became Garrard County. Because of changing county boundaries, I’ve searched tax lists for Madison, Garrard and Lincoln counties.

  • Tax Man Cometh – Madison County, KY 1787-1796
  • Garrard County Tax – 1797-1806
  • Lincoln County Taxes  

Since I’ve identified the Crawford land holdings during this time period. I’m now searching the Garrard County tax lists from 1807 to 1824 to identify the time period when the various families moved away.
Families that could potentially be in Garrard County between 1807 and 1824

  • Rebekah Crawford – owned land between Sugar Creek and Boone’s Mill Creek
  • James Crawford, husband of Martha Knight and likely son of Rebekah Crawford
  • James Sellers, husband of Mary Crawford (likely daughter of Rebekah Crawford)
  • William Sellers, husband of Sarah Crawford (likely daughter of Rebekah Crawford)
  • Alexander Moore, husband of Mary Crawford – owned land on Sugar Creek and on Paint Lick Creek
  • James Crawford, husband of Sally Duggins
  • James Crawford, husband of Rebecca Anderson — owned land on Paint Lick Creek
  • William Crawford – owned land on Paint Lick Creek

I was able to find the following families:

  • James Crawford with land on Paint Lick in 1807, 1808, 1809
  • William and Isaac Crawford in 1809 
  • Two Isaac Croffords listed in 1810
  • Isaac Crawford in 1811
  • Alexander Moore with land on Paint Lick in 1807
  • James Sellers with 100 acres on Sugar Creek in 1807, 1808, 1810-1817
  • James Sellers with 148 acres on Sugar Creek in  1821, 1823, and 1824
  • Wm S[?] with 100 acres on sugar Creek purchased from Downing in 1819
  • James Sellers with land in Barren County in 1807

The William and Isaac Crawford in the 1809 tax list could be the sons of the James Crawford who owned land on Paint Lick. However, I can’t explain two individuals named Isaac Crawford at that time.

Since I believe most of these families move away from Garrard County, this tax information helps me know approximately when they made the move. For example, I’ve already found records for Alexander Moore in Fleming County, KY by 1810. With this tax information, I now know that I should look for records for Alexander Moore in Fleming County starting in 1808.
Thus, my next steps should include:

  • Locating records for James Crawford in Indiana starting in 1810
  • Check Barren County records for James Sellers between 1817 and 1821
  • Continue looking for James Sellers in the Garrard County, KY tax lists
  • Research Isaac Crawford in Indiana to see if I can verify that he is the son of James Crawford
  • Research William Crawford in Missouri to see if I can verify that he is the son of James Crawford
  • Figure out who that second Isaac Crawford might be
  • Continue searching for court records, bonds or any other type of record to verify that James Seller owned land in Garrard County
  • Continue searching for records for the sale of land by James Sellers

____________Notes from the Garrard County, KY tax lists
Garrard County KentuckyTax Books 1807-1824Family Search Film 7989 DGS 7834437
1807

Image 11

  • Crawford Ja – 146 acres – do – do – Tho Kennedy – same- same – 1 white male > 21, 1 white male 16-21 – 8 horses
  • Crawford Wm – no land shown – 1 male > 21, 3 horses

Image 29 – M
Image 31

  • Moore Alexr – 50 acres Garrard – Paint Lick – 1 male > 21 – 4 horses
  • Moore Alexr – 50 acres Madison – Paint Lick

Image 38 – S

  • NO SELLERS

Image 46 – #2

Image 53 – C

Image 55

  • Douglas Nathan – 60 acres Garrard Sugar Jas Downing – same -same 1 male > 21 – 1 black – 5 horses

Image 73

  • Sellers James – 100 acres Garrard – Sugar – Jno Downing – same – same – 1 male > 21 – 5 horses
  • Sellers James — 200 acres Barren – Noboble – Aron Harlin – sme – 

Image 82 – 1808
Image 88

  • James Crawford – 146 acres Garrard Pt Lick t Kennedy – same – same – 1 male > 21, 1 male 16-21 6 horses
  • Wm Crawford – no land given 1 male > 21, 3 horses


Image 91

  • Alexr Duggins – noe land  1 male – 1 horse

Image 97

  • Kennedy families

images 99-101

  • No Alexander Moore

Images 105-107

  • No SELLERS

image 113 — book 2
Image 118 – C
Image 120

  • Doulgas Nathan – 60 acres Garrard Sugar C – Wm Miller – same – same – 1 mal > 21 – 1 black over 16 – 1 total black – 6 horses

Image 129 – M

  • No Alexander Moore

Image 138 – S

  • Sellers James – 100 acres – Garrard – Sugar C – Jno Downing – same – same – 1 male – 6 horses


Image 146 – 1809
Image 153 -C

  • Crawford Jas – 146 acres Garrard Paint Lick Thos Kennedy – do – do – 1 male > 21 – 6 horses
  • Crawford Wm – 1 male > 21, 2 horses
  • Crawford Isaac – 1 male > 21, 2 horses

Image 160

  • Kennedy family

Image 163-164

  • No Alexander Moore

Image 169-170 – S

Image 177 – Book 2
Image 181 – C
Image 189- M

  • No Alexander Moore

Image 195 – S

Image 197 –

  • Dunor Sallers – 1 male > 21, 4 horses

Image 203 – 

1810
Image 214 – C
Image 216

  • Crofford Isaac — 1 male > 21, 2 horses
  • Crofford Issac – 1 male > 21, 2 horses

Image 217

  • Douglas Nathaniel 60 acres Garrard Sugar Creek – 1 male > 21, 2 blacks > 16, 4 total blacks, 6 horses

Image 230

  • Kennedy family

image 233 – M

  • No Alexander Moore

Index 245 – S

  • Sellers James – 100 acres Garrard – Sugar Creek – Jno Downing – same – same – 1 male > 21, 7 horses

Image 260 1811
Image 271 – C

Image 272

  • Isaac Crawford – 1 male > 21, 1 black > 16, 1 total black, 2 horses

Image 274

  • Nathan Douglas – 60 acres – Garrard County – Sugar Cr – 1 male > 21, 2 blacks > 16, 4 total Blacks, 6 horses

Image 288 – M

  • No Alexander Moore

Image 298 – S
Image 299 –

  • James Sellers — 100 acres – same (Garrard) – same (Sugar Cr) – 1 male > 21, 6 horses

Image 310 1812
IMage 318 – C

  • No Crawford

Image 321

  • Nathan Douglas – 60 acres – Garrard – Sugar Cr – 1 male > 21, 2 blacks > 16, 5 total blacks, 6 horses

Image 332

  • Kennedy

Image 334 – M

  • No Alexander Moore

Image 345 – S

  • James Sellers — 100 acres – Garrard – Sugar Creek – Wm Downing – same – same – 1 male > 21, 6 horses

Image 355 – missed people

Image 358 – 1813
Image 363 – C

  • No Crawford
  • No Douglas

Image 371 M

  • NO Alexander Moore

Image 376 – S
Image 378

  • James Sellers – 100 acres – Garrard – Sugar Creek – Jno Downing – same – same – 1 male > 21, 7 horses

image 381 book 2

Image 381 – C –

  • No Crawford

Image 381 –

  • Nathan Douglas – 60 acres – Garrard – Boons Cr – 1 male > 21, 2 blacks > 16, 6 total blacks, 6 horses

Image 384 book 3

Image 387 – C

  • No Crawford

Image 394 –

  • Kennedy Family

Image 401 – S
Image 409 – 1814
Image 419 – C

  • NO Crawford

Image 421 – D

Image 422 –

  • Nathan Douglas – 60 acres – Garrard – Sugar Creek – 1 male > 21, 2 blacks > 16, 6 total blacks, 5 horses

Image 434 –

  • Kennedy family

Image 448 – S

  • James Sellers — 100 acres – Garrard – Sugar Cr – J Downing – same – same – 1 male > 21, 6 horses

Image 461 – 1815

Image 473 – C

  • No Crawford

Image 476 – D

Image 477

  • Nathan Douglass – 1 male > 21, 2 blacks > 16, 6 total blacks – 5 horses – ONLY QUOTES IN LAND SECTION – No Number of Acres

Image 508 – S

  • Michael Saller (or Salter) 150 acres – same – Sugar Ck – Saint Clair – 1 male > 21 – 8 total blacks, 4 horses

Image 509

  • Wm Saller (or Sutton) – 1 male > 21, 1 horse
  • James Saller (or Sutton) 1 male > 21, 1 horse

Image 510

James Sellers – 100 acres – Garrard – Sugar Ck – Downing – same – Same – 1 male > 21, 7 horses


Image 522 – 1816
Image 532 – C

  • No Crawford

Image 534 – D
Image 546 – K

Image 547 –

  • Kennedy family

Image 561 – S

Image 562 –

  • James Sellers – 104 1/2 acres – Garrard – Sugar Ck – Downing – same – same – 1 male > 21, 1 black > 16, 1 total black, 8 horses

Image 576 – 1817

Image 587 – C

Image 590 – D

Image 591

  • Nathan Douglas – 78 3/4 acres Garrard – Gilliards – Harrod – same – same – 1 male > 21, 1 black > 16, 5 total blacks, 5 horses

Image 604 –

  • Kennedy family

Image 617 – S

Image 619


James Seller
s – 104 1/2 – Garrard – Sugar Cr – Downing – same – same – 2 males > 2, 8 horses

Image 631 – 1818
Image 642 – C

  • No Crawford

Image 646 – D

Image 647 –

  • Nathan Douglas – 78 3/4 acres – Garrard – Gilbert Ck – same – same – 1 male > 21, 1 male > 16, 5 total blacks, 5 horses

Image 661 –

  • Kennedy family

Image 677 – S

Image 679

  • John F Sellers – 1 male > 21, 2 horses
  • John Sellers — 1 male > 21, 1 horse
  • NO James Sellers

Image 691 – 1819

Image 701 – C

  • No Crawford

Image 705 – D

  • Nathan Douglas – 78 acres – Garrard – Gilbert Cr – 1 male > 21, 1 black > 16, 5 total blacks, 5 horses
  • Samuel Douglas – 1 male > 21, 1 horse

Image 721 – M

Image 733 – S

  • No James Sellers

Image 734 —

  • William S? with 100 acres on Sugar Creek – Downing

Image 749 1820
Image 763 – C

  • NO Crawford

image 767 – D

  • Nathan Douglas – 78 3/4 acres Garrard – Gilberts Ck – Daniel – same – same – 1 male over 21, 1 black over 16, 5 total blacks, 5 horses

Image 790 – M

  • No Alexander Moore

Image 806 – S

  • No Sellers

Image 822 – 1821

Image 833 – C

  • NO Crawford

Image 837 – D

Image 837

  • Samuel Douglas – 1 male > 21, 1 horse
  • Nathan Douglas – 78 3/4 acres – Garrard – Gilberts C – Craig – same – same – 1 male > 21, 1 black > 16, 5 total blacks, 5 horses
  • William Douglas – 1 male > 21, 1 horse

Image 854 – M

  • NO Alexander Moore


Image 867 – S
Image 868

  • James Sellers – 148 Garrard – Sugar Creek – Downing – same – same – 2 males over 21, 8 horses

image 882 – 1822
image 892 – C

  • No Crawford

Image 895 – D

  • William Douglas – 1 male > 21, 20 horses
  • Nathan Douglas 78 3/4 acres Garrard – Gilberts Ck – Criag – same – same – 1 male > 21, 1 black over 16, 5 total blacks, 4 horses

Image 923 – S

  • John Sellars – 1 male > 21, 2 horses
  • bottom 3 names illegible

image 924 –

  • no Sellars – bottom 10 names illegible

image 925 –

  • no Sellars – bottom 8 names illegible

Image 926 –

  • No Sellers – bottom 3 names illegible / others hard to read

Image 937 1823

Image 950 – C

  • No Crawford – but some names very faint

Image 954 – D

Image 955

  • Nathan Douglass 78 – Garrard – Gilberts – Craig – “ – “ 1 male > 21, 1 black male > 16, 5 total blacks, 4 horses
  • William Douglass – 1 male > 16, 3 horses

Image 991 – S

Image 993 – faded

Image 994 –

  • John Sellers – 1 male > 21, 2 horses
  • James Sellers – 148 acres Garrard – Sugar Cr – Downing – 2 males > 21, 4 horses

Image 1009 1824

Image 1020 – C
Image 1024 – D

  • Nathan Douglass – 78 3/4 – Garrard – Gilbert’s Ck – Craig – same – same – 1 male > 21, 1 black > 16, 5 total blacks, 3 horses

Image 1061 – S

Image 1062

  • James Sellers – 148 (or 168) acres – Garrard – Sugar Cr – Downing – same – same – 2 males > 21, 1 black > 16, 1 total black, 6 horses