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Re: Manumission Papers Filed In Logan County, Ohio

: Hi Art,

: My Soloman Day b.1788 in Southampton Co., VA was a FPOC and
: actually purchased 125 acres of land from Anthony Banks in Logan
: Co., in 1839. Anthony was listed in the first entry below.
: Unfortunately I haven't been able to find Soloman's OH
: registration. Were all FPOC required to register every year? How
: extensive is the Logan Co, OH Recorders Office Freedom Papers
: filed list and is it accessible via ILL?

: Mike
Hi Mike,

Good to hear from you,it's been awhile.

From what I understand your DAY family first settled in eastern Ohio.

They may have been recorded in one of the early counties in that area.
You might look into those Ohio counties from the early 1820's to the late 1830's. (Trumball, Stark, Summit, Jefferson, Washington)

In 'Register of Black, Mulatto and Poor Persons In Four Ohio Counties (1791-1861)'....1985, by Joan Turpin, Heritage Quest, Books, Inc. The counties listed are Clinton, Higland, LOGAN and Ross, we find an abstract from Ross County:


Certificate of Freedom - JEFFERY DAY (p. 29)

2 may 1814: William Wallace testified that JAMES CENIWETH (CHINOWITH) came before him to swear he knew JEFFERY DAY, a free black man, in the state of Virginia, and he was the son of a free woman

Accessibility...the preface of the book states "the original documents have been retained by the office of origin, except LOGAN county. Logan county is at Wright State University Network, Dayton, Ohio. The author, Joan Turpin P.O. Box 493, Dublin, OH 43017. Complete transcripts of the original documents may be purchased from the author.

As you are probably aware Logan county has very active Historical & Genealogical Societies and are very helpful, as are the folks at the County courthouse offices.

I don't believe Ohio required a yearly registration. In the cases I've seen there was a single registration in the INITIAL county of residence. This registration was usually accompanied with freedom/manumission/emancipation papers from the county from which they gained their freedom. The "freedom papers" usually contained the name(s) of the former slave owners and was signed off by the offical(s) from that county and state.

Hope this helps,


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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