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Re: Richard Thompson in 1869 Personal Property tax

The other source to use are the personal property tax records. Lets assume Dick Thompson of 1870 census of Fredersville is the person you are looking for. The 1869 Albemarle Personal property tax shows on what farms African-Americans were working. (The 1870 does not show locations so 1869 is nearest to the 1870 census). The 1869 personal property tax records shows a Richard Thompson, african-American working at E. Ferneyhough's farm. Then you would need to look at the 1867 Personal property tax (which is the first year after the civil war that shows on what farms people were working (at least in Albemarle the 1865 and 1866 pp tax doesn't not show locations. In 1867 Richard was working at E. Ferneyhough's farm that year also. Althought not definate proof its say 75% probable that Richard Thompson was a former slave of E(dward) Ferneyhough who lived in the northern part of Albemarle County. There is no Dick Thompson in P.P. tax.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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