1865--Henry Bishop sues for family's freedom
Henry Bishop served as a sergeant in the United State Colored Troops during the Civil War. Upon returning from combat, Bishop discovered his wife and several children were still held in bondage by former slaveholders. In December, 1865, Bishop brought a habeas corpus suit, citing his military service and federal law, against Aaron Yager and Lewis Conner who held his family in Boone County.
1878--Henrietta Woods Lawsuit
Born in Boone Co. and owned by the Tousey family. She was sold several times, then freed. She was kidnapped and sold south in 1853, having obtained her freedom only five years prior. She was held as a slave until the end of the Civil War, then served her former slaveholder for another four years before returning to Cincinnati in 1869. In 1870 she began the lawsuit against her captors that she ultimately won in 1878. She was awarded $2500.
n.d.--Kitty Sues For Freedom
Sued for her freedom and won, after being emancipated then placed under the "care of a trustee."
1876--Lewis Lilly sues for false imprisonment
Lewis Lilly (formerly of Florence) sues Benjamin F. Norman of Florence in Kenton County Circuit Court. A judgement of $1000 awarded to the plaintiff in 1877. Norman appealed and the decision was overturned. Lilly appealled the decision and was given an order in January of 1878 to produce a bill of evidence by first day of next court term. No other information was found. Lilly died in November 1879.
1829--Record vs. Tousey and Record
An 1829 court case was filed by Thomas Record, who sued Zerah Tousey of Boone County, Kentucky, and William Record of Dearborn County, alleging that they had kidnapped him in 1812 and taken him to Kentucky, where he was held as a slave for many years. He sued for $15,000.