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Rebecca Lipscomb, Cumberland Co, VA


Henry appears on the King William County tax list in 1782 with one unnamed slave. He next appears on the tax lists in 1787 in Cumberland County at the Carrington home. Starting in 1788, he regularly appears on the Cumberland County tax lists, usually with several unnamed slaves. Frequently in the late 18th century, female slaves were included on the tax rolls. However, administration of the pp tax varied considerably from year to year and area to area.

Rebecca is first named in 1801 when Henry emancipates her and many of their children. Later he emancipates two children needlessly (although it may have been safer to give them that piece of paper in case they needed it.) Becky's name appears frequently on the free-Negro registrations, when her name as mother apparently was enough documentation to satisfy the county clerk.

Henry was born about 1760 in King William County and reared there. Rebecca/Becky is not listed among the names of slaves on the King William pp tax lists. (I could go through all the other county pp tax lists, but even if I found a Rebecca in another county, I don't think I could assume she was "mine." Henry served in the Revolutionary War for 18 months from 1780 to 1782. I have no idea of Rebecca's age. She gave birth about 1787 and died between 1820 and 1825. Judging from 19th-century records, the first child was born about 1787. The rest were born regularly thereafter.

Thank you for your interest and any help you can give me.

Sally Phillips

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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