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Re: Blair Underwood ancestry- SCOTT/HUMBLE
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I have never quite understood the Virginia laws because I have long known that freed blacks were supposed to leave the State within a certain time period, but it didn't seem to have been upheld much, as far as I can see. The genealogist was taking a guess about why the free person of color owned 2 slaves, and it is an interesting theory, which I suppose could have been true. But without more research into the SCOTT family that he may have come from, I don't see how that could be a definite conclusion. I know the laws were different but my GREEN ancestors (Creasy, her son Thomas, his wife Priscilla & at least 5 children, plus several unnamed children & grandchildren born since 1791 the year their owner requested their freedom in his will) were freed in 1798 in Warren Co., NC by the General Assembly; in 1800 Thomas Green had a household of 13 free, and 2 slaves, and in 1830, by which time all of his older children had moved out & married, he had 1 male slave. I suspect the slave was to do the farm work because Thomas & Priscilla were elderly by that time.
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