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Re: Bedford Cty. Virginia Free Blacks Resgisters
In Response To: Bedford Cty. Virginia Free Blacks Resgisters ()
There is a Charles Lewis Merchant (he is a child)listed on the Free Negro Register for Bedford County 1803 to 1860.
The entry reads as follows:
Charles Lewis Merchant. Three feet four & 1/2 inches high - dark Mulatto - 4 years old Born free
They were registered on a day when a total of 22 free blacks were registered at the Courthouse...including 4 females with the surname Merchant. These individuals are not listed all in a row so I can not definitely say whether they are a family group.....the first 3 females are listed one after another (3,4,5)....then Ann is the 10th entry..Charles is #20 and William Henry is #21. Nor can I determine whether any of these females are the children's mother.
Nancy Merchant, 5 feet 1 1/2 inches nearly high, Dark Mulatto, small scar on the forehead - 22 years old. Born Free
This register begins in 1803..on the first day of the register one Billy Merchant is listed.
27th day of September 1803
24th day of October 1803
Other Merchants appear throughout the register....Obviously they were emancipated by either Will or Deed sometime prior to the time the regsiter was started. Might be a good idea to take a look at the wills and deed books for Bedford County which are available on Microfilm at the LVA or thru the Family History Centers. I beleive the Register is now also available on microfilm...
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