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Re: locating fpoc prior to 1850


I looked online at the book you mentioned. There are some hints in there about records to search.

Have you looked for the record of emancipation for the Scroggins family? It sounds like they were either emancipated by deed or by someone's will. The story mentions that they had papers to prove their freedom, these could be a couple of different things. It could be a copy of the will or the deed, or their registration before the court. I have not seen a separate register of free Negroes in Frederick Co., but it would be worth checking the court order books to see if their registration is recorded there.

Also, the story mentions that the children were bound out. You'll find these records in the court order books because a child was bound out usually by an order of the court. The court order books are only sparsely indexed, so you will have to go page by page through the books. In some counties the records of the Overseer of the Poor have survived. I don't know if that's the case for Frederick Co. The Overseer of the Poor handled the recordkeeping for bound out children.

And one other thought takes me back to the personal property tax lists. Have you looked for Ellen Scroggins there? If she were on her own with the children for a few years, you might find her listed as the head of her household in the tax lists. It's worth a look.

Hope this helps,
Jane Ailes

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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