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Allen ...Manumission/Freedom Papers, in VA ???

I'm now at the place in the research of my ALLEN ancestors found in Ross County, Ohio that we're looking at how they got to Ohio and from where.

In the 1840 Census, Charles ALLEN, a 4th great-grandfather, is listed as a FPOC Head of Household with 8 persons in his family. 4 males & 4 females. Males are 2 under 10 y/o, 1 between 10-24 & 1 between 36 & 55. Females are 2 under 10, 1 between 10-24, 1 between 24-36.

In the 1850 Census I have the family structure(males/females, ages & birthplaces) with associated given names. The 3 youngest children were born in Ohio beginning abt 1837, all others were born in VA. So I'm placing their entrance into Ohio and leaving VA around 1836-1837.

Taking a chance on the family retaining the name of the former slave-holding family of ALLEN I began to search VA ALLEN'S. I've found a few prospects, but not in the county suspected. I suspected Bedford County as that is listed as the birthplace of Peter ALLEN, my 3rd great-grandfather, on his Grave Registration Record as a Civil War Veteran (USCT). It states Peter ALLEN was born 3 Jun 1820 in Bedford County, VA.

In the 1830 Census the "suspect" Allen families are located in Fauquier, Halifax, Lee & Alleghany (sic) counties of VA. Two of the Fauquier families have FPOC's counted in their household, the Halifax family has 11 slaves, none listed as FPOC, and the Alleghnay family has 4 slaves, none listed as FPOC.

Can anyone suggest where I might be able to locate "papers" freeing enslaved persons in those counties in the 1820-1840 timeframe? I've searched Ross County, Ohio for Registration Papers for the ALLENS as FPOC's, but no luck at this point.

Thanks in advance for any assistance that may be provided.

Art Thomas

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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