: I am copying a post made to Loudoun County mailing list, by Pat
: Duncan - which might be of interest to anyone researching the
Denise: This is very relevant information. Just today, my cousin and I were trying to recall the surname of the family that our grandmother lived with during her youth. I have documented her mother as early as 1850 living with a white family and I think that my grandmother followed in her footsteps, which makes it difficult to locate her and her sisters, before their marriages. Although I have a copy of my gr-grandmother marriage certif, because the children were most likely separated from the parents, I can't locate the family unit; in the 1860 census, I found possible children relatives of my gr-grand (same surname "Revels"); as young as 7 living in white households. I also found the court record of one young male "Revels" who was bound out by an elder Revels. The librarian in the county is aware of the practice but said that often there was no formal arrangement and thus no record of children bound out or living outside their own family.
All that to say I wish there was such a published record in my county and state.