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Re: Emancipation in Mecklenburg VA
In Response To: Emancipation in Mecklenburg VA ()
The law regarding the registers was passed in 1793, it asked how the person was freed either "born free, or emancipated by will or deed and by whom", age, height, physical description and what day they came to register. They were also given a pass which they were to carry and to renew every 1-2 years. Not all counties kept registers, or they have not survive. In many instances you see references to "Free Negroes" registering in the County Court Order Books, or being ordered into court because they have not registered or renewed. I suggest you take a look at the County Court Order books, for the time period after they were freed. When did the Chancery Court case end?
There are also Slave/Free Negro original documents for Mecklenburg County in the Manuscript Room at the LVA.
Did your family remain in Mecklenburg County after the Civil War? What was their name? There was a Freedmen's Bureau Field Office in Boydton, there was a census done of the "Colored Population in Mecklenburg" in 1866, it is part of FB Record Group 105 and is available at Family Search. This is the link to the census.
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