The Resource Scott County (Va.) Judgments (Freedom Suits)

Scott County (Va.) Judgments (Freedom Suits)

Scott County (Va.) Judgments (Freedom Suits), 1830
Scott County (Va.) Judgments (Freedom Suits)
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  • Scott County (Va.) County Judgments (Freedom Suits), 1830, consist of one freedom suit: Heirs of Stephen Osborne vs. Barbara, a slave, etc. Surnames of others involved in a suit, including secondary plaintiffs and defendants, witnesses, deponents and affiants, and family members with surnames different from the plaintiff or defendant are indexed. Also identified are names of slaves and slaveowners found in suit as well as whether slave(s) won their freedom. Predominant documents found in freedom suits include petitions, records of suits, depositions, affidavits, wills, among other items. Information found in documents include slave's argument for freedom, acquisition of slaves by slaveowners, slave ancestry, and relationship between slaves and slaveowners
  • Judgments (Freedom Suits) are useful when researching local history and genealogical information, particularly for African Americans. They are a valuable source of local, state, social, and legal history and serve as a primary source for understanding a locality’s history
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Circuit Court (Scott County). Browse search: Scott County (Va.) Circuit Court.
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Biographical or historical data
  • Slaves sued for emancipation in freedom suits based on the following: they were descendant(s) of a free female ancestor, typically a Native American (Hening Statutes, volume 2, p.170); failure of slaveowner(s) to abide by the 1778 slave nonimportation act (Henings Statutes, volume 9, pp. 471-472); or claimed to have been freed by slaveowner(s) by deed of emancipation or last will and testament (Henings Statutes volume 11, pp. 39-40)
  • Scott County was named for Winfield Scott, a native of Virginia, in recognition of his victories during the War of 1812; he was later commanding general of the American army during the war with Mexico, 1846-1848. It was formed from Lee, Russell, and Washington Counties by a statute adopted on 24 November 1814. The county court first met on 14 February 1815. The county seat is Gate City.
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Location of other archival material
  • Additional Scott County Court Records can be found on microfilm at The Library of Virginia web site. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm."
  • See also Scott County Chancery Cause 1831-009 Barbara etc. vs. Jonathan Osborn, etc., Scott County Chancery Cause 1832-009 Jonathan Osborne vs. Barabara, etc., and Scott County Chancery Cause 1837-001 Barbara, etc. vs. James Osborn, etc. All three cases are available online at the Chancery Records Index.
  • Additional Scott County Court Records are found at the Library of Virginia.
Scott County (Va.) Judgments (Freedom Suits)
  • The Library of Virginia
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Scott County (Va.) Circuit Court
Organization method
Arranged chronologically.
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (1 box)

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