The Resource Rockbridge County (Va.) Register of Free Negroes

Rockbridge County (Va.) Register of Free Negroes

Label
Rockbridge County (Va.) Register of Free Negroes, 1831-1860
Title
Rockbridge County (Va.) Register of Free Negroes
Inclusive dates
1831-1860
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Rockbridge County (Va.) Register of Free Negroes, 1831-1860. The register documents the name, age, physical appearance, and evidence of free birth or emancipation for free African Americans living in Rockbridge County from 1831 to 1860. Additional information, such as names of spouses or parents or county of birth, is sometimes included
Member of
Action
Described
Biographical or historical data
  • Rockbridge County was formed in 1778 from Augusta and Botetourt Counties. An additional part of Botetourt County was added in 1785.
  • 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. The register listed the age, name, color, stature, marks or scars, in what court the person was emancipated or whether the person was born free. Some clerks recorded additional information not required by the law.
Cataloging source
Vi
Label
Rockbridge County (Va.) Register of Free Negroes
Note
  • This item came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers form Rockbridge County
  • The microfilm copy was filmed by Library of Virginia Imaging Services
Arrangement
Chronological by registration date.
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
  • 1
  • 1 microfilm reel
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Rockbridge County Circuit Court
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001571073
Terms governing use
Use microfilm copy, Rockbridge County Reel 90.
Type of unit
  • v. (200 p.)
  • microfilm reel (136 images).

Library Locations

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      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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