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Re: Caroline County, VA register of free negroes

Hello Linda,
According to the Mary Essie Thomas's Genealogy of the Fortune Family and Its Relatives, she states that Barney Fortune (from whom the Fayette County, Pennsylvania Fortunes descend) came from Loudon County, Virginia; however, Barney told the census enumerators consistently over the years he had been born in Caroline County, Virginia. There were many Fortunes including free Fortunes in Caroline County in the 1800-1830 period. I could find no record of a manumitted Barney Fortune in Caroline or Loudon County prior to 1840.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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