Bullitt County History

Bullitt County Census Data 1850-1860

The purpose of this page is to provide summary statistics from the censuses of 1850-1860 for Bullitt County. This information was obtained from the University of Virginia Library Historical Census Browser.


The 1850 census was the first to identify all members of a household by name. The information given here is a summary of this entire census for Bullitt County. Below is a chart summarizing the county's population by age, gender, and race, with the free colored and slaves shown separately.

AgesWhiteFree ColoredSlave
under 1 9274022327
1-4 3713293110497
5-9 4153703192114
10-14 403312009085
15-19 300295128296
20-29 49549013134119
30-39 332270107957
40-49 213179024045
50-59 126105412022
60-69 697010166
70-79 28330021
80-89 1280112
90-99 100000
100+ 000010
Totals 285725351413684671

Other information provided by this census includes the following.

Education and Literacy

248 white adult males and 332 white adult females were identified as being unable to read and write. 507 persons were listed as attending school of some kind, 290 males and 217 females. There were 2 academies or other schools in the county with a total of 5 teachers and 150 pupils.


There were 562 farms in Bullitt County in 1850 which contained 50,144 acres of improved land and 111,734 acres of unimproved land. The cash value of all of these farms was $1,049,359. The value of farming implements and machinery totaled $47,210. The value of livestock was $192,630 and of slaughtered animals, $54,849. Apparently orchards were not abundant as the total value was only $94.


The capital invested in manufacturing in the county was $101,800. There were 125 people employed in this kind of work, and they produced product valued at $162,950 annually. The value of homemade manufacturies totaled $7,120.


There was one Catholic church built to accommodate 150 persons with a total church property value of $700. There were four Methodist churches that accommodated a total of 400 parishioners. The Methodist church property was valued at $1,000. There were also five Baptist churches that accommodated a total of 550 members. Baptist property was valued at $1,700.


There were 48 white persons married during the year ending 1 Jun 1850. We assume that is 24 couples.


The 1860 census provided similar population information to that presented above for the previous census.

AgesWhiteFree ColoredSlave
under 1 92110012125
1-4 35636500102110
5-9 41541400116117
10-14 40036111103113
15-19 382322019995
20-29 5414720199109
30-39 387307026685
40-49 264233006048
50-59 144123221725
60-69 8265221617
70-79 35320063
80-89 650122
90-99 030010
100+ 000001
Totals 30122803610708750

Other information provided by this census includes the following.


In 1860 in Bullitt County there were 595 farms including 5 farms of 500 or more acres, another 199 farms of between 100 and 500 acres, 181 of 50-99 acres, 167 of 20-49 acres, 33 of 10-19 acres, and 10 of 3-9 acres.

These farms included 54,065 acres of improved land, and 74,378 acres of unimproved land. The cash value of all these farms was $1,773,744.

The value of farming implements and machinery totaled $59,843, while the value of livestock was $347,055. Other values include that of animals slaughtered ($82,375), home-made manufactures ($8,717), orchard products ($2,403), and market garden products ($30).

Property Values

The census reports two values for each person (who had either or both). The first was the true value of personal property. The second was the true value of real estate in dollars. In Bullitt County as a whole, there was reported personal property with a value of $1,882,565, and a real estate value totaling $2,091,956.


There were 18 manufacturing establishments in Bullitt County in 1860 which employed a total of 149 men. The annual value of manufacturing products was $179,562 with an annual cost in labor of $26,796. There was $215,050 invested in capital for manufacturing, and an annual cost of $120,680 for raw materials.


In 1860 there were 14 churches in Bullitt County.

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value of
church property

Native and Foreign Born

This census found 179 white males and 80 white females in Bullitt County who were born outside the United States.


The 1860 census summary includes a counting of the number of slaveholders who possessed varying numbers of slaves. The chart below identifies the number of slaveholders who possessed each count of slaves.

Number of
# of
Having This
Many Slaves

While there were a small number of slaveholders who possessed large numbers of slaves, most slaveholders possessed only a limited number of slaves. Sad to say, this suggests that slave possession was often as much a status symbol as an economic need.

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