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FPC's KY-MORDECAI et al.
Following is some documentation on the MORDECAI/MORDICA family of Frankfort, Franklin Co., KY between 1820 and 1898. I would be pleased to hear from anyone who may be connected.
>Harry MORDECAI (my gr.gr.gr.grandfather) married Rachel LEWIS in Frankfort, KY on April 24, 1842. Prior to that, they had been neighbors
In 1820, Harry MORDECAI was listed as head of household of eight FPC's: 3 free males under age 10, 3 free males under age 45; 1 free female under age 25, 1 free female under age 45
In 1830, Harry MORDECAI was listed on the census as a free person of color (FPC), aged 36-55, with a household of 12, eight family members, FPC's ;and 4 slaves. The Slaves were: Males, 1 over 10 and less than 24, 1 over 24 and less than 36, 1 over 36 and less than 55.;Female, 1 over 10 and under 24. FPC's were: Males, 2 under age 10, 1 over 10 and under 25, ;1 over 36 and under 55. Females, 2 under age 10, 1 over 10 and under 24, 1 over 36 and under 55
In 1830, Rachel Lewis was listed as a free person of color, aged 24-36, living alone
In 1842, the KY census of free Blacks, per the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, lists the MORDECAI and LEWIS families as
MORDECAI, Harry, 57, plasterer, etc., $3,000, character well known to be good. Rachel Mordecai, 45, wife, James Mordecai, 19, child. Charles Mordecai, 16, child. Sevelia Mordecai, 12, child. Eugenia Mordecai, 11, child. Julia Mordecai, 11, gr.d., Kitty Mordecai, 9, child. Invenor Jones, 16, bound. (Invenor's family is listed prob under JONES, David
LEWIS, Winny, 50, washerwoman, etc., $1,000, known personally to the board, character good, Winny Lewis' family all of good character. Anderson, 24, plasterer. Levisa, 20, washer seamstress. Henry, 20, barber, H.I. Todd complains of Henry Lewis being a bad boy; to be admonished by Mr. Stevenson and a month allowed him to demonstrate his reformation from idleness, etc. Horace, 18, employed by Stevenson. Dedema, 5
Eugenia MORDECAI, (my gr.gr.grandmother) was Harry's daughter from a previous marriage. She married Edward YEIZER (my gr.gr.grandfather) on July 16, 1850 in Frankfort, KY. The rootsweb transcription of their marriage certificate reads, "YEISEN, Edward (colored), MORDICA, Eugena (colored), July 16, 1850. Prior to that, I haven't found Edward, but Eugenia was living at home with Harry, Rachel, brothers and sisters, and bonded servants.
In 1850, Harry MORDECAI, plasterer, is listed as age 66, born in VA, Rachel as 50, born in VA. Living with them are Charles, 23, plasterer, born KY; Savilia, 20, born KY; Eugenia, 18, born KY, Kitty, 17born KY; and Ealam MALLER(S/U?), 13, born in MS. All are classified as Mullatto.
In 1850, The LEWIS family consisted of Winnie, 56, F, born VA; Levisa, 23, F, b. KY; Didima(?), 16, F, b.KY; Ellen MALLER OR MALLEU(?), 22, F, b. KY. All are classified as Black
In 1850, another LEWIS family consisted of Anderson, 32, M, Plasterer; Mary, 25, F; Thomas, 3, M; Dennis, 2, M; Fanny ME'AUX (Pronounced MAYO), 18, F, M; John HILARED, 15, M, Plasterer; James HILARED, 18, M, Plasterer. All are classified as Mullatto.
In 1850, the Slave schedule of Frankfort, KY, lists Harry MORDECAI with 5 black male slaves, aged 22, 45, 45, 30, and 60.
On April 8, 1852, Kitty MORDECAI married James MINTER. The rootsweb transcription lists them as "MINTER, James (colored), MORDACAI, Kitty (colored), April 8, 1852." Kitty's father was Harry MORDECAI
On June 7, 1853, Charles H. MORDECAI married Jane TAYLOR. The rootsweb transcription lists them as "MORDACAI, Charles H. (colored), TAYLOR, Jane (colored) June 7, 1853" Charles's father was Harry MORDECAI.
KY vital statistics - marriages lists: June 7, 1853 - Charles H. MORDACAI - resident of Frankfort, KY - 25 - single - born Frankfort, KY - to Jane Taylor - resident of Frandfort, KY - 19 - single - born Fayette County, KY - remarks (free persons of color).
Both Harry and Rachel MORDECAI had wills entered in 1853. Harry's was dated January 2, 1853 and is on page 240 of the Franklin County Will Index, Book 2, 1824-1854. Rachel's is entered on Page 244, Franklin County Will Index, Book 2, 1824-1854
In 1860, Rachel MORDECAI is listed in the Frankline County, KY, census, page 257, Frankfort District 1, Federal Population Schedule, ID#KY11077911
January 19, 1898, the Adair County NEWS, Columbia, KY, entry reads, "CHAS. JOHNSON, a negro, stabbed to death HARRY MORDECAI, another negro at Frankfort
SURNAMES NOW ASSOCIATED WITH MORDECAI/MORDICA BY DOCUMENTATION: YEISER/YEISEN/YEIZER, TAYLOR, ME'AUX/MALLE(?)/(MAYO), MINTER, LEWIS, HILARED, JONES.