Vivians were indeed slave owners.After a century in Virginia, the family of one John Vivion (note difference in spelling then) moved with a traveling church to Kentucky soon after the Revolutionary War, bringing slaves with them.
Listed among the membership of the Baptist church the Vivions established at Ruckerville in 1812 were Vivion's Ellick and Vivion's Rachel.The 1870 census listed James Vivion, age 19, M, B, Farm Laborer, with a personal estate of $200, in the home of Frederick Lowe.
We have copies of documents in our files showing Vivions willing slaves to family members.
This and other information about the Vivions (and Vivians, as most of them spell it today) is included in the book, "Vivians: From Land's End to the Tip of Texas."For more information on the book, contact Naomi Vivian Ridge at firstname.lastname@example.org