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Ohioi Black Codes-FPOC Related

Under a provision in the Ohio Black Codes, registration and a surety bond was required on FPOC individuals upon entering the free State of Ohio of $500 and evidence of freedom. I've located a copy of certain individuals registered at the Western Reserve Historical Library in Cleveland, Ohio, which lists a few FPOC's entering the State of Ohio, in Belmont County, however, I have been unable to find the actual records at the courthouse in said county. Years of subject are between 1807-1825.
I know my gg grandparents and relatives were married in Belmont County, Ohio during these years, yet, I've been unable to locate any register with their names under the Ohio Black Codes. I know they were brought into the state by a Quaker family, and I'm trying to find evidence other than their marriage of specifically when they entered the state and where. Therefore, here's my question for discussion:

If a person was freed by a slave owner who was a Quaker and the Quaker owned or purchased land within the State of Ohio, would it be necessary for the individual they freed to post said bond? Interesting? Any clues?


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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