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Kentucky Societies (17 societies)

Lexington

Colored People's Union Benevolent Society No. 1

Founded May 1st 1843
See: Constitution and By-Laws of the Colored People's Union Benevolent Society No. 1 of Lexington (Lexington: William Purnell, 1877)

Colored People's Union Benevolent Society No.2

In existence in 1852 to assist with burial costs.

Ladies Benevolent Society

Founded in Lexington in 1821

Lexington Orphan Asylum

Founded in 1833 to care for children orphaned by a cholera epidemic. It was located in Third Street.

Orphan Society of Lexington

Formed in 1833 to operate the Lexington Orphan Asylum. It was managed by 24 women drawn from the various protestant churhces in the city. Frist officers elected October 16, 1833 were Abby V. Sayre (1st directress), Syna Richardson (2nd directress), Maria C. Gratz (secretary and wife of Benjamin Gratz, the moving force behind the society) and Sarah Ward (treasurer). Incorporated 1834.
See: Record Books 1833-1859; 1895-1978 at University of Kentucky; 1st Annual Meeting of the Orphan Society of Lexington (Lexington: T.T & W.D. Skillman, 1834) [copy at UKY]

St. Andrew's Society

Founded in Lexington in 1798

Louisville

Louisville Bethel Union

Founded in 1830
See: Sailor's Magazine 3 (1830-31) 34, 98-99.

Female Benevolent Society of Louisville

Members purchase cloth and make it up themselves into clothing for the indigent. The sick also receive medicines. In existence by 1826

See: Annual Report  Louisville Public Advertiser, (Louisville, KY) Wednesday, April 26, 1826


Louisville Female Provident Society

In existence in 1840
See: 1st Annual Report of the Louisville Female Provident Society (Louisville: Prentice & Weissinger, 1840) [copy at UKY]

Louisville Friendly Society 

An out-door relief society in existence by 1821 

Humane Society

Male society organised by 1827 to help the sick

See: Louisville Public Advertiser, (Louisville, KY) Wednesday, May 16, 1827

Louisville Orphan Asylum

Orphanage founded in 1831 by the Sisters of Charity.

Protestant Episcopal Orphan Asylum

Founded 1835
See: Minutes from 1835 and other records including children's records  in Filson Club, Louisville.

St Joseph's Catholic Orphan Society

Founded in Louisville in 1849

Miscellaneous

Kentucky Baptist Home for Children


Potter's Orphan Home and School


St. Catherine's Academy

Founded in 1823 by the Sisters of Charity.