The Resource Powhatan County (Va.) Registers of Free Negroes and Mulattoes

Powhatan County (Va.) Registers of Free Negroes and Mulattoes

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Powhatan County (Va.) Registers of Free Negroes and Mulattoes, 1800-1865
Title
Powhatan County (Va.) Registers of Free Negroes and Mulattoes
Inclusive dates
1800-1865
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Powhatan County (Va.) Registers of Free Negroes and Mulattoes, 1800-1865 are comprised of two volumes, one for the years 1800 to 1820 and one for the years 1820-1865. The registers record the registration number, age, name, color, stature, marks or scars, and in what court the person was emancipated or whether the person was born free. Some clerks recorded additional information, not required by law. The first volume also includes miscellaneous court notes and orders interspersed with the free negro registrations; it is unpaged and does not include an index. The second volume is 112 pages and includes an index
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Described
Additional physical form
Powhatan County (Va.) Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes, 1820-1865, is also available in its original format.
Biographical or historical data
  • Powhatan County was named for the Indian chieftain who ruled the Native American inhabitants of tidewater Virginia in the early seventeenth century. It was formed from Cumberland County in 1777, and part of Chesterfield County was added later.
  • 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.
Cataloging source
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Label
Powhatan County (Va.) Registers of Free Negroes and Mulattoes
Note
  • This volume came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Powhatan County
  • These items were microfilmed by the Library of Virginia's Imaging Services Division
Arrangement
Chronological by registration date.
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
  • 1
  • 2
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Powhatan County Circuit Court
  • The Library of Virginia Imaging Services Division
  • The Library of Virginia Imaging Services Division
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001582371
Terms governing use
Use microfilm copy of the Powhatan County (Va.) Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes, 1820-1865, Powhatan County (Va.) Reel 45.
Type of unit
  • vol. and
  • microfilm reels.

Library Locations

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