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Re: descendants of individuals freed in Amelia Cou

Hello Michael & Paul,

Thanks ever so much for these postings and the list of the Amelia County, VA Register of Free Negroes.

As a partial answer to Michael's question of relocation and to where I would like to present some information on #'s 41, 42, 106 & 116-119. These individuals appear to be the family of Nelson & Ellenor (Eggleston) Piles. The family sometime during the 1815-1818 time period migrated from Amelia Co., VA to Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio. The children Judy, Robert, William & Maria were all born in VA. The family later migrated to Springfield, Clark Co., Ohio.

The children: William married a Maria Hazard in Springfield, OH on 1843 and they both deceased there in 1859. Maria Piles married a John Davis in Ross Co., OH in April 1838. Robert Piles married a Martha Jane Yancey, also from VA, in April of 1839. Robert and Martha had seven (7) children, all born in Springfield, Ohio between 1839 and 1855. James & Martha are buried in The Piles family burial plot in Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield, Ohio along with several other family members.

The Piles, as an FPOC family, was very active in both Ross Co., & Clark Co., OH in church, civic & UGRR activities. One son, James Henry Piles, was educated at Oberlin College in Ohio, graduating in 1866. James Henry Piles later went on to become the first African American permitted to practice Law in the State of Mississippi. Piles also served in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

Just a quick look at the Piles family, one of the descendant families from the Amelia Co., VA Register of Free Negroes.

Art Thomas
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Michael & Paul wrote:

"In May 1816 the request of numerous individuals who had been freed under the will of Ann Hughes recorded in 1809 in Amelia County Virginia were denied under the law of 1806. Starting in September 1815 many had registered with the clerk and more would over the next couple of months after their petition had been denied. I am trying to find out if these individuals relocated and where. I have looked at some of the Ohio registrations but have not found any specifically from this group. These individuals are not the same as those freed in the will of Mary Ann Hughes of 1794. Any help would be appreciated. Michael Nicholls"
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"Michael was kind enough to publish the Amelia County Register of Free Negroes on my site."
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