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JOSEPH CARTWRIGHT & Loudoun County's FPOC Index
In Response To: CARTWRIGHT, FPOC, Loudoun County VA, 1850 ()
Loudoun County has post an online index to FPOC titled Free Black Papers: 1757-1861
These papers include the official paperwork and certificates of free Blacks in Loudoun County. They also include Commonwealth cases (criminal cases) brought against free Blacks for remaining in the state for more than a year.
Rev. Joseph Cartwright is listed in the as being emancipated by John Rose in 1819. Four years later, Cartwright purchased the freedom of his wife Sucky and youngest son Alfred in 1823 from Mary Saunders' trustee Samuel Edwards. Cartwright relocated to Georgetown. He would spent the next decade raising money to purchase the freedom of his other children Joseph Jr., Lewis and Norah, travelling as far away as Salem. Massachusetts, where he stayed with white abolitionist Rev. Charles Turner Torrey.
He was hired by Ebenezer Church in Georgetown in 1824, to preach to Blacks in Prince George County, Maryland at a salary of $25.00 a year. In 1826, Cartwright became the first Black ordained elder in the Methodist Church's Baltimore Conference.
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