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Re: manumission notes posted - Some matches located
In Response To: Re: manumission notes posted ()

The reason for my previous post was that I was curious as to the nature of the Petersburg registers. I guess I should have simply asked what records survive for Petersburg.

Norfolk once recorded their registrations in two volumes, but they are no longer extant, or are perhaps, lost within papers of descendants of a former city clerk. I've had to comb through the deeds, court order books, wills and ended law causes/loose papers at the courthouse to indirectly document those registrations. I've been fortunate to locate some originals during the 1830's and 1850's, but as stated in a previous post, they were primarily registrations of people born outside of Norfolk.

Thus to continue my research, I'm interested in locating records relating to some of these non-natives (not Norfolk born) and your database has turned up information on a few. I've yet to search through outlying county records for these deeds and wills, and so your database has helped with a few cases.

Checking against my data on non-native registrants, I located some names that match those in your Isle of Wight County database. I found several people who were freed by Timothy Tynes' will. I have registrations dateing in the 1830's for Harriet/Harriot, Harry, Patience, Phillis and Caty Tynes. I also have registrations for some of their children.

I also located a registration for a woman named Keziah, freed by Watson P. Jordan. Your database shows a will where Watson's father, William Jordan, provided for the eventual emancipation of his slaves in 1812. Keziah was not specifically named in William Jordan's will, but was probably amongst those slaves he willed to his son.

There is one other question I'd like to know. When did the largest number of emancipations take place in Petersburg? Did you find many of them followed the revolution, or did they occur at some other time? In Norfolk, the largest number of registrations occurred after the War of 1812, years later than most would think. I'm just trying to get an idea of the timing of some of the migrations to and from Norfolk...


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