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Re: Ohioi Black Codes-FPOC Related


Thank you for your comprehensive search on my behalf. It was really above and beyond the call.

I should have mentioned the most common alternate spellings:

Hannah, Hanna, Hannay, Hannan

Researching White Hannahs, one sees most of these variations. In my research of this African-American family, however, I have only ever found the first two spellings.

Susan Hannah wrote in a court deposition that she was free-born in VA. After she married Richard they moved to Moundsville, VA (now WV), right across the river from Belmont Co., OH.

In the 1850 census the family is listed in York Township, Belmont Co. Again according to court depositions taken many years later, Richard left the family about 1854, and Susan moved the children to Steubenville, Jefferson Co., OH. From then/there I have the family traced into the 20th century.

So, like many, I am trying to piece together exactly when they arrived in OH. I also need to work back and try to find Richard and Susan's marriage (approx 1837), and other records. In particular I am desperate to find Susan's family name.

I have an emancipation record from 1840 that I beleive belongs to Richard, but I have no solid connection between the emancipation document (in VA/WV) and this Richard/Susan family in OH.

Any furthur advice on how to find their marriage would be very welcome. Were there registers of FPOC in VA in 1830-40? Are they available without traveling to the individual county court houses? Were FPOC and/or slave marriages registered in county court records?

Thanks again for all your help.

Joe Hannah

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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