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Re: free negroe &mulattoe law, virginia

Art, can you tell me in what area of the court your ancestor filed his freedom registration paper? I have an ancestor that by 1850 and beyond passed as white (at least to the census taker) in Muskingum County but was listed as "col'd" there in 1840. Abraham Adams had gone to Muskingum County by about 1834 according to a land record at the Bureau of Land Managment. Abraham was a member of my Adams family from Greene County PA.

Jan Slater

Hello Jan,

Below are images of the papers in the Family History Documents Album for my 3rd great-grandfather, Lewis Adams, the manumission paper filed in Shelbyville, Shelby County, KY (1813) and the 'freedom' registration paper filed in Urbana, Champaign County, Ohio (1816). I have no idea why the delay of 3 years, except possibly that Lewis Adams married Susan Reed on 1 Jan 1816 in Champaign County, Ohio and therefore it was determined that he would be a 'permanent' resident of Champaign County.

Photos are #7 (1813) & #9 (1816) on page one of the Family History Documents Album. Click on Photo, then magnifying glass icon for readibilty.

This freedom registration paper was found in the Minute Books of the Recorder's Office, Book 4, Page 102-103. I have seen 'freedom papers' filed in the Probate Division of the Common Pleas Court in other Ohio counties.

Art Thomas

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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