Sinai Cox (1802-1850) was the longtime companion of Robert Walker Ragland (1779-1849) in Warren County, Kentucky. Her first marriage to John H Wheeler (1767-1819) was made when she was sixteen and ended when he died a short time later. At age seventeen, in1820, she married Jefferson Taylor. I don’t what became of him but beginning about 1821 she began living with Robert Ragland, raised about ten children with him and remained with him until he died in 1849. She appears as the head of her own household and lists farmer as her occupation in the 1830 and 1850 censuses. I have found documentation so far that seven of their children were slaveholders and would have been at the time of the Civil War.
Robert Walker Ragland passed on in 1849 and left this will:
He specifies that Sinai inherit her selection of “five choice negroes,” but does not give any names. He also intends that the people he enslaves on property in Louisiana be moved to Kentucky and hired out until the heirs work out the division. I don’t see anything in his name in Louisiana yet but who knows what kind of loopholes/alternate titles might have been employed.
The 1850 Federal Census indicates that he owned one twenty two year old female in Larue County.
The 1850 census slave schedule shows “Sinal Raglin” in Warren County enslaved eighteen individuals:
Sinai passed on in 1850.
She specifically bequeathes Milly, Silvy, Silvy’s children George Sam and Ervin and all the future increase to her son Robert E Ragland.
In summary, as of 1849-1850 this couple enslaved well over 29 people.
- Milly, Silvy, George, Sam and Ervin (Warren Co.) (The next step is to try to cross-reference these people with those enslaved by Robert E. Ragland.)
- “five choice negroes” (Warren Co.) (conceivably the five named above)
- the un-numbered enslaved people in Louisiana
- the 22 year old woman in Larue
- males ages 95, 32, 24, 21, 11, 10, 7, 5, and 3 (Warren Co.)
- females ages 75, 55, 40, 29, 28, 22, 15, 14, and 7 (Warren Co.)