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Troy Family Essex County Virginia
Nothing beats going to the county seat to get information. I spent the day at the Essex County Clerks office on July 26th and documented some information about my Troy family.....there are a lot of errors in the previous postings.
The head of the family is SAMUEL Troy, not Simon. He is a son of the master, James Hunter. He lived on the Hunter's Hill plantation and later worked as a shoemaker in Loretto, Virginia. When James Hunter died in 1826, Sam was given to one of the children, Jane Swann Hunter. Because Jane never married, she continued to live at Hunter's Hill with her brother, Robert M. T. Hunter until he established his own plantation known as Font Hill.
There is a Font Hill farm in present day Essex county and there is a Hunter's Hill road, but I wasn't able to find the plantation.
Sam was first purchased by his wife, Sally Troy, and later, she emancipated him (County Clerk records dated 1848.)
Sally and Sam (Samuel) have 8 children listed in the "free negros" record in Essex County.
Samuel, Jr. born 1823
The descriptions of the "free negroes" includes height, color and any scars or birthmarks. I'm still decyphering the old time handwriting.
Samuel Jr. married Marie Randolph in 1847. They are noted to be over 21 years old and "colored". I don't know anything else about her.
William married Sidney (slave of William Blackburn) also in 1847. No other information is given.
Sally Troy is identified as Sally Hollinger and there are about 10 Hollingers listed in an earlier book of "free negroes." Sally should be 9 years old when the book was signed in 1810, making her born in approximately 1801.
I think that she is later called Sarah. There is a Sally Troy (it's really difficult to read and other sources have translated it as Julla Troy - when I saw it on microfilm, it looked like Sally to me before I realized it was the Julla I had read in other sources) in the 1840 Essex County Census. Then, there are two Samuel Troys in the 1860 census, one with wife Sarah and another without a wife. There is a Samuel Troy with wife Lucy in the 1850 Essex County census, but I known that my Samuel moved to Cincinnatti by that time and didn't have a wife named Lucy (the children's names are all wrong also), so I guess I've got two tracks of Troys to follow so that I can sort them out.
I have not been able to find a Simon Troy connected to my family and I did not find an Anne Troy, so those names must come from some other source.
Waiting to hear from anyone who thinks they are related.