The Resource Montgomery County (Va.) Register of Colored Persons cohabiting together as Husband and Wife, (electronic resource)

Montgomery County (Va.) Register of Colored Persons cohabiting together as Husband and Wife, (electronic resource)

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Montgomery County (Va.) Register of Colored Persons cohabiting together as Husband and Wife, 1866 Feb. 27.
Title
Montgomery County (Va.) Register of Colored Persons cohabiting together as Husband and Wife
Inclusive dates
1866 Feb. 27.
Title variation
Cohabitation Register
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eng
Summary
Montgomery County (Va.) Register of Colored Persons of Montgomery County, State of Virginia, cohabiting together as Husband and Wife on 27th February 1866. Also commonly called Montgomery County (Va.) Cohabitation Register. This register records the name of the husband, his age, place of birth, residence, occupation, last owner, last owner's residence, name of the wife, her age, place of birth, residence, last owner, last owner's residence, name of children with the ages of each, and the date of commencement of cohabitation. Of note is the wide range of localities reported as the former slaves' places of birth
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Biographical or historical data
  • Montgomery County was named for Richard Montgomery, who was killed in the American assault on Quebec late in 1775. It was formed from Fincastle County in 1776. Part of Botetourt County was added in 1789, and part of Pulaski County was added in 1842.
  • The Virginia legislature passed an act on 27 February 1866 to legalize the marriages of former slaves who had been cohabiting as of that date. See Virginia Acts of Assembly, 1866-1867, Chapter 18, An act to amend and re-enact the 14th section of chapter 108 of the Code of Virginia for 1860, in regard to registers of marriage; and to legalize the marriages of colored persons now cohabiting as husband and wife.
  • The federal Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands directed the Assistant Superintendents of the states to order the county clerks to make a registry of such cohabiting couples. See Circular No. 11, dated 19 March 1866, in Orders, Circulars, Circular Letters, and Letters of Instruction, vol. 2 (1866). Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Virginia, 1865-1869. Miscellaneous reel 3880, Library of Virginia. National Archives microfilm M1048 (reel 41), Record Group 105.
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Location of other archival material
Additional cohabitation registers are available digitially with searchable transcriptions through the Library of Virginia's Virginia Memory website.
Label
Montgomery County (Va.) Register of Colored Persons cohabiting together as Husband and Wife, (electronic resource)
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http://digitool1.lva.lib.va.us:8881/R/?func=dbin-jump-full&object_id=111140
Note
  • This item was loaned for duplication to the Library of Virginia by the circuit court clerk of Montgomery County. Accession number 50157
  • Digital images were created by the Library of Virginia's Photographic and Digital Imaging Services. Photolab number 11_1039
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Digital images.
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Montgomery County Circuit Court
  • Library of Virginia Photographic and Digital Imaging Services
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001659933
Terms governing use
Patrons are to use digital images with searchable transcription available through the Library of Virginia's Virginia Memory website.

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