Guide to the Wolf's Head Receipt, 1801

Summary Information

Title: Wolf's Head Receipt, 1801
Collection: AC.435
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract:

Wolf's Head Receipt consists of one 1801 receipt for a wolf's head from Lincoln County, Kentucky. American communities instituted wolf bounties to control the predators' attacks on livestock.

Creator: Unknown

Biographical/Historical Note

Lincoln County, Kentucky is located in eastern Kentucky in the Southern Knobs area. Its elevation ranges from 760 to 1440 feet above sea level. It was organized in 1780 as one of the first three counties formed out of Kentucky County, Virginia. County court was held within the walls of Fort Logan from 1781 to 1783. Fort Logan was later renamed Standford and became the county seat.

American communities instituted wolf bounties to control the predators' attacks on livestock. The Virginia Bay Colony, from which Kentucky originated, enacted a wolf bounty in 1632. On January 26, 1810, the General Assembly created a law to allow county courts to provide "by levy, compensation of such persons as have destroyed Wolves therein" when "the interest of the county requires it." The compensation was one dollar for wolves younger than six months and a dollar and a half for wolves older than six months. Kentucky continued to pay bounties through the 1870s.

Scope and Contents

Wolf's Head Receipt consists of one 1801 receipt for a wolf's head from Lincoln County, Kentucky.

Arrangement

This collection is housed in one archival folder.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection purchased this collection from L and T Respess Books in July 2007. Its accession number is AC.2008.046. Its original title was "Lincoln County, Kentucky: Kentucky Wolf Bounty, 1801." It opened to the public in August 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, August 2008; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, August 2008

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.435: Wolf's Head Receipt, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

 Receipt, 1801  Folder 1