The Resource Petersburg (Va.) Registers of Free Negroes and Mulattoes, 1794-1865
- Petersburg (Va.) Registers of Free Negroes and Mulattoes, 1794-1865
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- Petersburg (Va.) Hustings Court Registry of Free Negroes and Mulattoes
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- Petersburg (Va.) Registers of Free Negroes and Mulattoes, 1794-1865, consist of 6 separate volumes dated 1794-1819, 1819-1832, 1831-1839, 1839-1850, 1850-1858, and 1859-1865. The registers list the registration number, age, name, color, stature, marks or scars, and what court the person was emancipated or whether the person was born free. Some clerks recorded additional information not required by the law. Additional information, such as names of spouses or parents or county of birth, is sometimes included. The registrations are entered in chronological order and indexed by last name. Each volume has a separate index except for the 1794-1819 volume which has no index
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- Petersburg was formed from parts of Dinwiddie, Prince George, and Chesterfield Counties. A garrison and fur-trading post called Fort Henry was established there in 1645 on the site of the Indian village Appamattuck. The present name, suggested in 1733 by William Byrd, honors Peter Jones, Byrd's companion on expeditions into the Virginia backcountry. Petersburg was established in 1748 and incorporated as a town in 1784. In the later years the towns of Blandford, Pocahontas, and Ravenscroft were added to Petersburg. It was incorporated as a city in 1850. Petersburg was enlarged by annexation from both Prince George and Dinwiddie Counties in 1972.
- 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.
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- Additional Petersburg Free Negro and Slave Records can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm" found on the Library of Virginia web site.
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