Eighth Census Population for Williamsburg, Whitley County, Kentucky, 1860

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Eighth Census Population for Williamsburg, Whitley County, Kentucky, 1860

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Census, 1860


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Population--United States


The Eighth Census Population for Williamsburg, Whitley County, Kentucky, for 1860. The census divides the population by dwelling, name, age, sex, color, profession/occupation, value of real estate, value of personal estate, place of birth, martial status, schooling status, literacy, and whether the individual is dead, dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or a convict. Much of the information has faded with time, but some important details are still legible.

A notable resident listed in this record is Thomas Buchanan. Buchanan was born on January 21, 1823, in Williamson County, Tennessee. Buchanan eventually moved to Kentucky, married Letty Greene on November 5, 1846, and fathered six children with her. According to a letter to his parents, Buchanan may have been a member of the Kentucky Home Guard in 1861, as he fought off secessionists. Later, when Kentucky’s neutrality was violated by the Confederacy, Buchanan was mustered into the 7th Kentucky Infantry U.S. He fought in a number of battles, including the Siege of Vicksburg, where he was mortally wounded. Buchanan passed away in a Union hospital a few weeks later. His widow, Letty, went on to collect his pension until 1916. She passed away in 1936. Thomas Buchanan is buried in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.


Digital reproduction of original census record, June 20, 1860.

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Stoddard, James
Cravero, Geoffrey

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Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017. https://today.ucf.edu/va-selects-ucf-historians-archive-stories-deceased-veterans/.
Anderson, Margo J. The American Census: A Social History. New Haven [u.a.]: Yale Univ. Press, 2015.



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