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Re:Black and Native Relations
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Unfortunately, the Lewis family lived in New Kent County, a burned record county, so we can only guess. But having a slave in your household did not mean you owned the slave. If Caty Lewis had a slave over the age of 16 in her household, that could have been her husband--owned by her or more likely owned by someone else.
Likewise, the slave in Roger Lewis, Sr.'s household could have been his wife and those under 16 could have been his children.
Also, it was not uncommon for farmers--white as well as free African Americans--to lease slaves for work in their fields or for a specific job. The land tax lists have survived, so you can check if the Lewis family owned any land.
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