An American Family History

Levi Oxley

Oxley is also spelled Owsley, Oxleigh and Oxly.
Fleming County, Kentucky was established in 1798 from part of Mason County. Some of Fleming County was taken to form Floyd County in 1800 and Rowan County in 1856.

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Levi Oxley was born about 1767 in Loudoun County, Virginia. His parents may have been Henry and Joanna Oxley.

Levi Oxley first appeared in the Loudoun County tax records in 1788. He was living with Henry Oxley. He was also taxed in Henry Oxley's household in 1789.

His wife was named Frances (Franky).

Levi and Frances' children included:
William Oxley,
Joanna Oxley Saunders (married Henry Saunders/Sanders),
Sarah (Sally) Oxley Day (1798, married Ackley Day),
Peggy Oxley, and
Lewis Oxley.

Levi died before June 12, 1803 when Frances married Thomas Fowler.

William Oxley was bound out in 1804. On January 30, 1809 a 20$ reward was offered for his apprehension.

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from Kentucky Gazette and General Advertiser

Frances and Thomas appeared in the 1810 census in Flemingsburg, Fleming County, Kentucky. The household consisted of:

Males - 45 and over: 1
Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Females - 10 thru 15: 2
Females - Under 10: 2
Males - Under 10: 2

The next household was Ackley Sanders.

Bound children were indentured servants whose master provided training in a craft, board, lodging, and clothes for seven years or until the child came of age.



Kentucky was originally a Virginia county and included the lands west of the Appalachians. In 1780, it was divided into Fayette, Jefferson, and Lincoln counties. Kentucky officially became a state on June 1, 1792.

Fleming County, Kentucky Book C, p. 60
This indenture made the 13th day of December 1804 between Johnston Magowen Deputy Sheriff for George Ruddele Sheriff of Fleming County of the one part and Andrew Anderson of the County of Fayette and State of Kentucky of the other part

Witnesseth that whereas according to a decree of the Fayette Circuit Court in favour of the said Andrew Anderson against Richard Downton administrator and Franky Oxley widow and William Oxley, Jehany Oxley, Sally Oxley, Peggy Oxley, and Lewis Oxley heirs and representatives of Levi Oxley deceased the said Johnston Magowen by virtue of his office an Sheriff aforesaid did on the 8th day of September last expon? to sale the right of the said Oxley to the Forty-eight acres of land in said decree

mentioned which is bounded follows, viz: lying between the lots No 5 & 6 lying North and South nine or ten rods and east and west from John Winn's land to the thousand acre Lewis Craig sold out of the east end of No 5 including the land James Saunders bought of John Winn. And the said Andrew Anderson becoming the purchaser.

Now this Indenture further Witnesseth that the said Johnston Magowen by virtue of his office as Sheriff aforesaid for and in consideration of the premises and also for and in consideration of the sum of Ten pounds current money to him in hand paid by the said Anderson have conveyed and confirmed and by these presents do convey and confirm unto the said Andrew Anderson all the right title interest property claim and demand of them said William Oxley, Jehany Oxley, Sally Oxley, Peggy Oxley and Lewis Oxley heirs and representatives of the said Levi Oxley deceased according to the decree aforesaid to the above described Forty eight acres of land with the appurtenances thereunto belonging to the only proper use and behoof of him the said Andrew Anderson his heirs and assigns forever.

In testimony whereof the said Johnston Magowen has hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written.
Johnston Magowen, DS for Geo Ruddle, Sheriff.

An indenture is a legal contract for labor or land. Two copies on the same sheet were separated with a jagged edge so that the two parts could be refitted to confirm authenticity. An indentured servant worked without wages for a specified time to pay a debt and was bound to the employer. In the 17th century, nearly two-thirds of settlers came as indentured servants to pay for their passage.

American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.
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