The Resource Westmoreland County (Va.) Register of Colored Persons cohabiting together as Husband and Wife, (electronic resource)

Westmoreland County (Va.) Register of Colored Persons cohabiting together as Husband and Wife, (electronic resource)

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Westmoreland County (Va.) Register of Colored Persons cohabiting together as Husband and Wife, 1866 Feb. 27.
Title
Westmoreland County (Va.) Register of Colored Persons cohabiting together as Husband and Wife
Inclusive dates
1866 Feb. 27.
Title variation
Cohabitation Register
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eng
Summary
Westmoreland County (Va.) Register of Colored Persons of Westmoreland County, State of Virginia, cohabiting together as Husband and Wife on 27th February 1866. Also commonly called Westmoreland County (Va.) Cohabitation Register. This register records the name of the husband, his age, place of birth, residence, occupation, last owner, last owner's residence, name of the wife, her age, place of birth, residence, last owner, last owner's residence, name of children with the ages of each, and the date of commencement of cohabitation. Of note is the wide range of localities reported as the former slaves' places of birth
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Biographical or historical data
  • Westmoreland County was named for the English county. It was formed from Northumberland County in 1653. The county seat is Montross.
  • 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
Additional cohabitation registers are available digitially with searchable transcriptions through the Library of Virginia's Virginia Memory website.
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Westmoreland County (Va.) Register of Colored Persons cohabiting together as Husband and Wife, (electronic resource)
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http://digitool1.lva.lib.va.us:8881/R/A2VC11HSNY9CBK11127166XK3VHRQQ3KTC3HS24AY6Y1IGKTXJ-00893?func=results-jump-full&set_entry=000002&set_number=520071&base=GEN01-LVA01
Note
  • This item was transferred to the Library of Virginia by the circuit court clerk of Westmoreland County. Accession number 51798
  • Digital images were created by the Library of Virginia's Photographic and Digital Imaging Services. Photolab number 16_1123
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  • The Library of Virginia
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Digital images.
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Westmoreland County Circuit Court
  • Library of Virginia Photographic and Digital Imaging Services
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001734334
Terms governing use
Patrons are to use digital images with searchable transcription available through the Library of Virginia's Virginia Memory website.

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