The Resource Louisa County (Va.) Judgments (Freedom Suits)

Louisa County (Va.) Judgments (Freedom Suits)

Louisa County (Va.) Judgments (Freedom Suits), 1795-1825
Louisa County (Va.) Judgments (Freedom Suits)
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  • Louisa County (Va.) Judgments (Freedom Suits), 1795-1825, consist of suits initiated by slaves seeking to gain their freedom on the law side of the court. Cases are identified by style of suit consisting of plaintiff and defendant names. Surnames of others involved in a suit, including secondary plaintiffs and defendants, witnesses, deponents and affiants, and family members with surnames different from the plaintiff or defendant are indexed. Also identified are names of slaves and slaveowners found in suit as well as whether slave(s) won their freedom. Predominant documents found in Judgments (Freedom Suits) include petitions, records of suits, depositions, affidavits, wills, among other items. Information found in documents include slave's argument for freedom, acquisition of slaves by slaveowners, slave ancestry, and relationship between slaves and slaveowners
  • Judgments (Freedom Suits) are useful when researching local history and genealogical information, particularly for African Americans. They are a valuable source of local, state, social, and legal history and serve as a primary source for understanding a locality’s history
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Circuit Court (Louisa County). Browse search: Louisa County (Va.) Circuit Court.
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Biographical or historical data
  • Slaves sued for emancipation in freedom suits based on the following: they were descendant(s) of a free female ancestor, typically a Native American (Hening Statutes, volume 2, p.170); failure of slaveowner(s) to abide by the 1778 slave nonimportation act (Henings Statutes, volume 9, pp. 471-472); or claimed to have been freed by slaveowner(s) by deed of emancipation or last will and testament (Henings Statutes volume 11, pp. 39-40)
  • Louisa County was named for Louisa, a daughter of King George II and wife of King Frederick V of Denmark. It was formed from Hanover County in 1742. The county seat is Louisa.
Cataloging source
Location of other archival material
  • Additional Louisa County Court Records can be found on microfilm at The Library of Virginia web site. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm."
  • Additional freedom suits may be found in the Louisa County Chancery Causes. Search the Chancery Records Index found on the Library of Virginia web site. Enter the tilde symbol in the plaintiff surname field.
  • Additional Louisa County Court Records are found at the Library of Virginia.
Louisa County (Va.) Judgments (Freedom Suits)
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
List of freedom suits
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Louisa County (Va.) Circuit Court
Organization method
Arranged chronologically.
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
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