The Resource Richmond County (Va.) Register of Colored Persons Cohabitating Together as Husband and Wife on

Richmond County (Va.) Register of Colored Persons Cohabitating Together as Husband and Wife on

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Richmond County (Va.) Register of Colored Persons Cohabitating Together as Husband and Wife on, 27th February 1866
Title
Richmond County (Va.) Register of Colored Persons Cohabitating Together as Husband and Wife on
Inclusive dates
27th February 1866
Title variation
Richmond County (Va.) Cohabitation Register
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eng
Summary
Richmond County (Va.) Register of Colored Persons of Richmond County, State of Virginia, cohabiting together as Husband and Wife on 27th February 1866 records the name of the husband, his age, place of birth, residence, occupation, last owner, last owner's residence; the name of the wife, her age, place of birth, residence, last owner, last owner's residence; the name of the children with the age of each; date of commencement of cohabitation. Also commonly called Richmond County (Va.) Cohabitation Register
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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.
  • 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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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.
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Richmond County (Va.) Register of Colored Persons Cohabitating Together as Husband and Wife on
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http://digitool1.lva.lib.va.us:8881/R/?func=dbin-jump-full&object_id=21072
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  • This item came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Richmond County
  • Digital images were created by the Library of Virginia's Photographic and Digital Imaging Services. Photolab number 09_0941_01-04
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Patrons are to use digital images with searchable transcription available through the Library of Virginia's Virginia Memory website.
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