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Re: Emancipation in Mecklenburg VA

Despite your extensive Ohio connections, I've never been able to find a connection to my relatives on your websites, Art. However, I do have the following marriage record from Hardin County, which can be found on Family Search:

Name: David Burnett
Spouse's Name: Emma Harris
Event Date: 16 Feb 1865
Event Place: Hardin, Ohio

There were two David emancipated by Pleasant Burnett's will. The deed lists all the ex-slaves as having the surname "Burnett." But on the 1860 census, only one David uses "Burnett" while it appears the other David has taken the name "Hick".

My working premise has been that the above groom is one of these Burnetts and most likely the elder David. I haven't done anything to confirm that because they are not in my direct line. But this might be your Emma because if the husband was 67, one would not expect him to be alive in 1879.

My Transcription of portion of Pleasant Burnett’s will dealing with the emancipations:

Item 2nd I loan to my brother William so long as he lives the following slaves Viz: Big Peter, Robert, Isaac, Grandison, Lucinda, John, Rivers, Minerva, Lucy, Emily, Mary, Phoebe Ann, Douglas, David, Isaac and Eliza, Clarisa, Sylva, Tom and Davy the miller and at his death I wish them to be liberated and sent to the state of Ohio ~ Item 3rd. I wish little Peter to be liberated and sent to the state of Ohio. . . . Item 6th, I wish my brother William Burnett to appropriate the sum of Three Thousand Dollars to the transportation of negros named in Item 2nd to Ohio and the purchase of land for them when time.~


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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