The Resource Alexandria (Va.) Free Negro and Slave Records

Alexandria (Va.) Free Negro and Slave Records

Alexandria (Va.) Free Negro and Slave Records, 1800-1853
Alexandria (Va.) Free Negro and Slave Records
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  • Free Negro and Slave Records, 1800-1853, of Alexandria (Va.) consist of four items
  • The first is an indenture of servitude for Negro boy Charles, the property of Robert Townshend Hooe, to John Hughes to learn the trade of a ship carpenter, 1800. The indenture states the responsibilities of Hughes to his indentured servant, the salary, the length of the apprenticeship, and the fact that Charles is to be emancipated at the termination of his apprenticeship and allowed to go into business for himself
  • The last three items are petitions to remain in the state and related paperwork. The first is dated 1834 and is a notice that Martha Honesty, a free woman of color, has made application to remain in the city. The second and third items are dated 1853. One is a notice that Harriet Brooks is going to apply to remain in the city and the other is a petition signed by citizens that George Brooks be allowed to remain
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Biographical or historical data
  • The city of Alexandria was established in 1748 in Fairfax County. It was incorporated as a town in 1779 and as a city in 1852.
  • In 1806, the General Assembly moved to remove the free negro population from Virginia with a law that stated that all emancipated slaves, freed after May 1, 1806, who remained in the Commonwealth more than a year, would forfeit his right to freedom and be sold by the Overseers of the Poor for the benefit of the parish. Families wishing to stay were to petition the legislature through the local county court. Beginning in 1837, freed slaves could petition the local courts for permission to remain.
Cataloging source
Alexandria (Va.) Free Negro and Slave Records
These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfers of court records from the city of Alexandria
  • The Library of Virginia
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Alexandria (City) Circuit Court
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