The Resource 1803-1860
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- Bedford County (Va.)
- African Americans -- Virginia | Bedford County
- Bedford County (Va.) -- History -- 19th century
- Free African Americans. -- Virginia | Bedford County
- Registers (lists) -- Virginia | Bedford County
- African Americans -- Employment -- Virginia | Bedford County
- African Americans -- Virginia
- Bedford County (Va.) Registers of Free Negroes are two volumes dated 1803-1820 and 1820-1860 that record the registration of free negroes. The registers list 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
- Biographical or historical data
- Bedford County was probably named for John Russell, fourth duke of Bedford, who, as secretary for state for the southern department from 1748 to 1751, had general supervision of colonial affairs. It was formed from Lunenburg County in 1753. Parts of Albemarle County were added in 1754, and an additional part of Lunenburg County was added later.
- 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.
- Cataloging source
- Form designation
- Bedford County (Va.) Registers of Free Negroes
- Location of other archival material
- The Register of Free Negroes for 1861-1864 is located in the front of the Bedford County (Va.) Minute Book, 1870-1873 (barcode 1099278).
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