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Re: The Debate about FPOC in Loudoun Cty VA
In Response To: Interesting Petitions: Pamunky Indians and FPOC ()
The petitions filed not only deal with individuals - but also with the local attitudes for and against FPOC. I have posted abstracts - but in the database you can click on the petition # and get details on the names of those people who filed petitions.
In the cases of those who filed for the right of a FPOC to remain - you can get the names of the local whites who were character references.
Loudoun County was split in its attitudes towards FPOC - some wanted them out of the state (mostly poorer whites who saw them as job competition) some fought for them to remain - either out of compassion or economic neccessity to use their services, and others wanted them to be forced to migrate to Liberia.
Loudoun has far fewer petitions than many VA counties.
Some counties like Boone and Cabell - have almost none. When searching for your families within a state - it is often useful to take a look at overall census figures within the state - to see the distribution of FPOC - and identify communites they could survive in.
PAR #: 11684307
Petition Result: rejected circa 27 February 1843
PAR #: 11684708
(white males - non slave owners)
PAR #: 11684708
Abstract: Eight residents of Loudoun and Fauquier counties point out that convictions for violating existing residency laws by free blacks "have been of rare occurrence, & that prosecutions have, in consequence, been almost entirely abandoned." "[P]rompt steps" should be taken to "rid the State of this growing fungus." Free blacks should be either sent to Africa, remanded to slavery, or extended "privileges of Complete Citizenship."
POWELL, H. B.
(petitioners all white males and non slave owners
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