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James FIELDS & Alfred FOX - Loudoun VA

Hi Folks,

Here is a quote from Jean Herron Smith's "Snickersville, Biography of a Village" about the town in Loudoun county VA now known as Bluemont, written in 1970.

"There were a surprising number of free negroes living in and around Snickersville, some living with white families as laborers, others
living in their own homes. Both James Fields and Alfred Fox owned real estate. Fox bought his land in 1857 from the parents of Thomas
Osburn, nine acres for $350. He probably had built his house and was living on the land for some time before the actual purchase.
Alfred Fox was a tanner, running the tannery for Meshack Silcott. Thomas Osburn stated that too much could not be said in praise of this
man. Though a colored man, he and his family were most highly respected and well thought of."

James Fields, born abt.1816, married Susan Thomas, daughter of Peter and Hannah Thomas, and their daughter Delia Fields married my great grandmother's brother Dennis Weaver in 1870.

I believe him to be the same person listed in the Registry of Free Negros as "free man as proven by oath of John BEAVERS - nearly 29yrs old 5'9 1/2 " tall black colour, two scars in the forehead, a small and large one on the back of his left hand very plain just above the forefinger about 1" long
10 Jun 1845
Record # 1419

Denise


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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