Flie District #6
Copied Clark County
1-15-41 Racial Group
KATE DUDLEY BAUMONT.
Ex-slave, age unknown .
"I wuz very young when freedom come; still I can member lots
of t'tings, en then, too, my fam'ly been in slavery foh sech a long
time, dat dey offen talked, en told us so much bout t'tings dat happened."
"I wuz bawned in Bass County, Kentucky, jes' twelve miles from
Mt. Sterling. Father en Mother wuz owned by a Mr. Preston of Lexington.
Dey had been give to him when he got married - in fact, his folks give
him twenty of us slaves. Mr. Preston lived in Lexington, en had a fine
place en sev'ral house servants. Den too, he had de fahm near Mt. Sterling,
of bout 200 acres, en twenty of us - or thereabouts - lived on dat place.
Dey was five of us childun; Will, Lewis, Lucindie, Harriet en me."
"Our mother died when we wuz very young, en our grandmother looked
after us. Grandmother en my aunt Nancy wuz very fine seamstresses, en dey
would go in town to de Preston home, en sew for weeks at a time makin' close
fod de whole fam'ly. Us childun's close wuz well made en we had much more
den some slaves, cause my grandmother en aunt see to it day we had t'ings,
en dey made some of de t'ings day made foh de Preston girls. "e did have to
go bare-foot in summer time, but when de weather got cool we begun to wear
Mr. Preston would come out once in a while, en I member him giv-
in' us all nickels, en some of de older ones a good little bit of money."
"We had a church bout t'ree miles from us, en a preacher called
Uncle Willis, who later wua a school teacher, en we went to school to him."