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Re: Virginia Free Negro Registers

Hi Alva. The "special lists" I was referring to were the 1813 personal property tax lists for Virginia. Most county tax commissioners in Virginia made separate lists of the people of color in their districts that year. Many also listed the female members of the household over the age of sixteen (even though women were not taxable). After 1813 most people of color are not listed separately, but they usually have "fn" or "free Mulatto" after their names. The Library of Virginia has a wonderful interlibrary program by which they will lend their microfilm to other libraries--both in Virginia and other states--to any library with a microfilm reader. I get them at my county library here in Pennsylvania. See the link to the library site below.

In addition, some counties made a special census of all persons of color in their districts in 1801. Here's a sample from Norfolk County which was included in the personal property tax list for that year at the end of the list: A List of Free Negroes and Mulattoes in my District as Commissioner of the Revenue for the Parishes of Portsmouth and Elizabeth River

Heads of Families/ Males/ Females/ Occupation/ Place of Abode

Joseph Bass/ - / Naomy, Lydia, Julia, Polly Bass/ - / Deep Creek

Henry Aberdeen/ Richard & Henry/ Tempy, Corn, Sophiah & Elizabeth Aberdeen/ Mariner/ Portsmouth

Thomas Archer/ - / -/ planter/ Western Branch

Joseph Bartlet/ -/ Mary Bartlet/ Tavernkeeper/ Tanners Creek

Willis Bass/ Wilson & Willis Bass/ Jemima, Viney, Lovy & Irstellor(?)/ Labourer/ Deep Creek

William Bass/ John, Andrw & William Bass/ Lucy & Betsey Bass/ Planter/ Deep Creek

James Bass/ John & Willis Bass/ Lott, Lane, Sarah & Lovy Bass/ Labourer/ Deep Creek

Thomas Berry/ -/ -/ Labourer/ Gosport

Betty Bell/ -/ -/ Oisterwoman/ Western Branch

Winney Bell/ -/-/ Labourer/ do

Cloe Senr./ -/-/ washerwoman/ Portsmouth

Cloe Jnr./ -/-/ do/ do

William Cassady/ John Cassady/ Sarah Cassedy, Eliza Gilleat & Renr Scott/ Fisherwoman/ Tanners Creek

Isaac Cuffee/-/-/Gardner near Norfolk

Ann Duncan/ -/ Betty & Sukey Duncan/ Washerwoman/ Portsmouth

William Flora/-/ Gracy Flora/ Pedlar/ do

Grace Fisher/ -/ Sally Fisher/ Seamstress/ ditto

Joseph Hall/ Geo. Hall/ Betsey/ Sally & Mary Hall/ Planter/ Deep Creek

Rachel Elliott/ William Elliott/ -/ Labourer/ Western Branch

Nancy Elliott/ Jere & Lewis Elliott/ Sally & Charlotte Elliott/ ditto/ ditto

Nanny Elliott/ Lemuel & William Elliott/ Betsey, Patty, Jenny & Fanny Elliott/ ditto/ ditto

John Flood/ William Smith/ -/ Labourer/ W. Branch

Joseph Flood/-/-/ ditto/ ditto

David Elliott/ -/-/ Butcher/ ditto

Edmond Elliott/ -/-/ Labourer/ ditto

Ann Elliott/ Absalom Elliott/-/ ditto/ ditto

James Price/ // ditto/ ditto

John Price/ -/-/ Shoemaker/ Portsmouth

Sepha Price/ -/-/ Labourer/ W. Branch

William Price/-/-/ ditto/ ditto

Jupiter Pritchard/-/-/ ditto/ Portsmouth

Josiah Flood/ W. Turner, Willoughby Weaver/ -/ do/ N. Branch

frame 384, Adam Perkins/ Nathan & Wright Perkins/ Annas, Betsey, Lucretia Perkins/ Labourer/ W. Branch

Roger Porter/-/-/ ditto/ ditto

Lewis Porter/-/-/ ditto/ ditto

Dennis Pitt/ ditto/ ditto

Thomas Powell/ -/-/ Caulker/ Portsmouth

Abram Spellman/ -/-/ Craftsman/ near ditto

John Sparrow/ Jesse Sparrow/ Jenny Sparrow/ Carpenter/ near Norfolk

Natt Smith/ -/-/ Labourer/ Near Portsmouth

Nancy Smith/ John Smith/ Labourer/ near Portsmouth

Thomas Newton/ Labourer/ W. Branch

James Newton/ Labourer/ ditto

Littleton Manly/ ditto/ ditto

Hannah Smith/ -/ Grace Smith/ Washerwoman/ Portsmouth

George Whitfield/ Dan & John Whitfield/ Catherine & Harriot Whitfield/ Grocer/ ditto

Willoughby Weaver/ Labourer/ W. Branch

John Weaver/ ditto/ ditto

Mark Webb/ ditto/ ditto

William Webb/ ditto/ ditto

Randall White/ ditto/ ditto

Frank Watson/ ditto/ near Norfolk

Mary Thomas/ Cornelius & Bartholomew Thomas/ Rose Thomas/ -/ Portsmouth

Duke Hamilton/ John Hamilton/ Rose & Nancy Hamilton/ Stevedore/ ditto

Aaron Rogers/ Cobler near Norfolk

John Davis/ shoemaker/ W. Branch

Mark Jones/ Fisherman/ ditto

James Stewart/ ditto/ ditto

Nathaniel Ash/ ditto/ ditto

Milley Clayton/ Washerwoman/ near Norfolk

Meshack Wilson/ John Wilson/ Hannah, Polly & Sally Wilson/ Labourer/ ditto

Spencer Edwards/ -/ Elizabeth & Mary Edwards/ Seaman/ ditto

Peggy Dunn/ Mark, Tom & James Dunn/ Seamstress/ do

Polly Matthews/ washerwoman/ ditto

Butler Turner/ George & Thomas Turner/ Ascilla, Limy & Mary Turner/ Labourer/ Portsmouth

Miriam Martin/ William Martin/ seamstress/ do

Betty Moses/ Robert Moses/ Fanny Moses/ Labourer/ do

Vinah Blythe/ weaver/ do

Rose Thomas/ Frank & David Thomas/ Rose Thomas/ Labourer/ do

Robert Randall/ stage driver/ do

In Surry County the 1801 census was placed in a book--I don't know which one but it is at the county courthouse. In Goochland it's also in the personal property tax lists. In Westmoreland it's among court papers published in the Virginia Genealogist volume 31, pp.40-45. In Botetourt it's in the loose papers of the Court Orders 1800-1804. Janice Abercrombie published the one for Louisa in her book, "Free Blacks of Louisa County, Virginia (Iberian Publishing). The Library of Virginia has one district of Accomack County in 1801 on microfilm.
I have copies of all the above, but only one page from the Surry list.
Paul

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