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Re: Virginia: Free Black Carters
In Response To: Virginia: Free Black Carters ()
By law Va counties were to keep what is known as Free Negro Registers beginning in 1793, not all did, for those that did - not all survive. Some counties did not have separate registers but kept the information on Free Blacks in County Court Order books. I didn't see a Register for Spoysylvania County listed in the collection of the Library of Virginia, where many of them are housed, so see if one still exists at the Courthouse.
The information provided in the Register can include: name, age, color (b or M); hieght; scars and marks; who freed them (when and where), or whether born free.
Also look for Commissioner of the Revenue lists, which were another listing.
I took a look at the listing for Phebe, I noticed that there were young children born sometime after 1853....VA began keeping birth after 1853 on a county level, see if the still exist and see if their births are recorded.
Have you taken a look to see if they appear in 1850? If not maybe they were freed sometime between 1850 and 1860 and you could look for Wills or Deeds.