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Re: The Generic "Free Negro" in early Virginia

In colonial times, Rene Laforce lived among other French Huguenots above the Falls on the James River in the rolling mountains of the Piedmont region. Some of his neighbors were CHASTAIN AND DUTOITS. His lands were located near "monacan indian town" (siouan tribe) on the south side of the James River just above what is today the town of Richmond, Virginia. With the subsequent county border changes, the lands today would be located in Powhatan County in and around Dutoy Creek and Manakin Town Ferry Rd.
On the other hand, the Pamunkey Indian Reservation is below the Falls, in the flatlands and due East of Richmond (about 30 miles). This reservation is located in King William County. It sits on the north side of the Pamunkey River and southwest of the town of Lanesville.
See Library of Va Patents:

http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=142&last=&g_p=P30&collection=LO Patent
Title LinkLaforce, Rene.
Publication 1 June 1750.
Other Format Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.
Note Location: Goochland County.

Description: 900 acres on the south side of James River between Chastain and Dutoits Branches.

Source: Land Office Patents No. 30, 1750-1752, p. 142 (Reel 28).

http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=494&last=&g_p=P13&collection=LO Patent
Title LinkChastain, Stephen.
Publication 28 September 1730.
Other Format Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.
Note Location: Goochland County.

Description: 400 acres between the two Manacan Creeks on the south side of James Ri ver.

Source: Land Office Patents No. 13, 1725-1730 (v.1 & 2 p.1-540), p. 494 (Reel 12).


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