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This document was found on It lists the postmasters in Nelson County between 1837 and 1857. It gives names, dates of service, and the communities they served. Some of those post offices no longer exist.(,National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-Sept. 30, 1971; Roll #: 48; Archive Publication #: M841).

William Jefferson Carpenter was postmaster and owned a dry goods store in Boston, Kentucky until his death in 1860.His will left everything to his brothers, 2 sisters, and with provisions that his other two sisters were to have nothing as long as they remained with the Shakers.....yes, the Shakers.(Nelson County, Kentucky Wills, Book 10, p.382).

William's two sisters never left the Shakers and are buried in the Shaker Cemetery near Harrodsburg, Kentucky(Find A

To read the will and learn more about William and his siblings, visit the Genealogy Room at Nelson County Public Library.