The Resource Franklin County (Va.) Free Negro and Slave Records

Franklin County (Va.) Free Negro and Slave Records

Label
Franklin County (Va.) Free Negro and Slave Records, 1837-1864
Title
Franklin County (Va.) Free Negro and Slave Records
Inclusive dates
1837-1864
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Franklin County (Va.) Free Negro and Slave Records, 1837-1864, consist of patrol appointments (1853-1862); proceedings of slaves requisitioned for public use (1863-1864); proceedings of free negroes requisitioned for public use (1864); free negro lists (1837-1838); free negro registrations (1860-1864); and indentures of free negroes (1861)
  • Slave patrol appointments give the names of persons appointed to patrol, the name or number of the district where they are to patrol, and the length of time required for the patrol (usually three months). Sometimes a captain of the patrol is named
  • Proceedings of slaves requisitioned for public use contain information about the Confederate impressment of slaves for use both on the defenses at Richmond and other places and as stable hands and in other jobs. Included are lists of slaveowners with the names and valuations of slaves sent; certificates of slaveowners with the names of slaves sent and what job the slave is doing; and lists of slaveowners with the numbers of slaves sent by district number
  • Proceedings of free negroes requisitioned for public use is an order for certain free negroes selected by the requisition board to report for work as laborers for the Confederate states. Also included is a list of free negroes between the ages of eighteen and fifty by district number including names, ages, occupation, and comments as to physical problems and his family
  • Free negro lists record the name, age, residence and occupation of every person on the list. The three lists were compiled by the Commissioner of the Revenue
  • Free negro registrations contain the name of the free person, sometimes their age and a brief physical description, and a statement as to the circumstances of their freedom (born free or emancipated). Occasionally the register number is given
  • Indentures of free negroes consists of two documents related to the indenture of William Foley, a free colored boy and the son of Lucinda Foley, to Isaac Via to learn how to be a farmer
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Action
Described
Biographical or historical data
  • Franklin County was named for Benjamin Franklin and was formed from Bedford and Henry Counties in 1785.
  • An act passed by the Virginia legislature in 1803 required every free negro or mulatto to be registered and numbered in a book to be kept by the county clerk.
  • Free Negro lists were compiled by the commissioner of the revenue for tax purposes.
Cataloging source
Vi
Label
Franklin County (Va.) Free Negro and Slave Records
Note
These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfers of court papers from Franklin County
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
.075
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Franklin County Circuit Court
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001615165
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (6 folders)

Library Locations

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