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

Richmond County (Va.) Free Negro and Slave Records

Label
Richmond County (Va.) Free Negro and Slave Records, 1806-1856
Title
Richmond County (Va.) Free Negro and Slave Records
Inclusive dates
1806-1856
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Richmond County (Va.) Free Negro and Slave Records, 1806-1856. The records are comprised of Lists of Free Negroes and Mulattoes, 1816-1818, 1821, 1824-1827, and 1855-1856; Free Negro Delinquent Tax Lists, 1832 and 1852-1853; a list of negroes in possession of Samuel Pleasants who are free, circa 1806; and a list of slaves (photocopy) belonging to the Estate of Landon Carter at Clifton in Northumberland County taken 1822 July 1 and recorded in Richmond County 1831 March 7
  • Free Negro Lists were compiled by the Commissioner of the Revenue for tax purposes. They include name, place of abode, and occupation, and sometimes gender and a designation of negro or mulatto. Free Negro Delinquent Tax Lists identify free blacks who did not pay taxes and had no property. These records are fragile and should be used with care
  • The list of negroes in possession of Samuel Pleasants, circa 1806, includes names of four individuals and the date they are to be liberated. It also contains a statement signed by Pleasants indicating there are to remain with Pleasants until the end of the year and receive compensation for their services
  • The list of slaves belonging to the estate of Landon Carter contains the first name of each slave, age in years and sometimes months, and estimated value. The enslaved people are listed in family groups
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Described
Biographical or historical data
  • Richmond County may have been named for Richmond borough in Surrey, England, or for Charles Lennox, first duke of Richmond and a son of King Charles II. It was formed from Old Rappahannock County in 1692. The county seat is Warsaw.
  • Some volumes were burned and mutilated through unknown causes; in addition, the will books prior to 1699 were missing as early as 1793, and order books for the period 1794-1816 are also missing. Numerous loose records prior to 1781 are missing as well.
Cataloging source
Vi
Location of other archival material
Richmond County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Richmond County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Digital Collection.
Label
Richmond County (Va.) Free Negro and Slave Records
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=lva/vi02259.xml
Note
These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Richmond County
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
  • 14
  • 44
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Richmond County Circuit Court
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001568327
Reproduction note
photocopies.
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
  • leaves and
  • p.

Library Locations

    • Library of VirginiaBorrow it
      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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