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Re: Norfolk County, Virginia
In Response To: Norfolk County, Virginia ()

Hi Paul,

Would you please look for anyone with the Valentine surname?

I recently found a reference to a FPOC in your book, an Amy Valentine who was from Norfolk Co, who paid taxes in 1769. Her daughter, Sally or Sarah Valentine, was kidnapped from Norfolk and sold into slavery in Cumberland Co, NC by a Jewish merchant named Jacob Abrahams. The daughter, after regaining her freedom, had free papers drawn up in Norfolk. The papers were dated 1794. I was wondering if there is any evidence that this daughter was living in Norfolk near that date. Thus, I'm looking for anyone with the Valentine surname who appears in the records near the 1794 date.

I've searched through the early Norfolk Borough court order & deed books for mention of emancipations, FB registrations or indentures and didn't find anyone with that surname amongst my transcriptions. I know that the Norfolk County FB registrations exist and I've copied those. But I don't believe the Norfolk Borough FB registration volumes are extant. Based on several documents I've found amongst the loose papers at the Norfolk City courthouse(not microfilmed), I've found references to suggest that there were at least two volumes of FB registrations. I've collected documents from the 1820's to the 1850's, but haven't found one source that records them sequentially like was done in Norfolk County.

Below is a link to the story about Sally/Sarah Valentine's kidnapping. Her portion of the story is about 2/3 down the page.


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