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Re: The Generic "Free Negro" in early Virginia

Hi James. I gave evidence from marriage bonds--the specific dates are on my site--that the Weavers married free African Americans in Northumberland, Lancaster and Princess Anne counties. I do not understand how that is "incomplete at best and disingenuous at worst."

The purpose of this site is to exchange information and not to have debating contests.

I notice there is an electronic copy of the book you referred to, "The Present State of Virginia" by Hugh Jones, on the internet site: http://www.archive.org/details/presentstate00jonerich

On page 37: "The children belong to the master of the woman that bears them; and such as are born of a Negroe and an European are called Molattoes; but such as are born of an Indian and Negroe are called Mustees."

On page 18: "But the tributary Indians of which there are but four very small Nations in Virginia on this Side the Mountains, keep to the Bounds allowed them..."

On page 148: "But in our Colonies and Plantations the Case is vastly different. We have there few or none of the Indian Inhabitants intermix'd with us."

The Weavers were in Norfolk County by the 1730s and called "Negro" or "Mulatto" in present-day Hertford County by the 1750s. There is a photo of William H. Weaver of Norfolk County (who was considered an Indian in 1900 when his photo was taken) on my website along with photos of Pamunkey Indians who mixed with African Americans.
http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/photos_Indians.htm
Paul
Ps. I notice you have not yet replied to Carla's request last week to share the sources for your statements.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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