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Re: The First Free Blacks?
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I took a look at the 1880 Census VA, Essex County, Millers Tavern......I saw Kitty Washington and the children. When I took a look at the 1870 census from Heritage Quest, I found a WARNER Washington age 11 living in the home of one Theodore Carter (white)he is listed as being a domestic servant (page 224). Not sure that is yours, but WARNER is not a common name. I couldn't find a KITTIE/KITTY WASHINGTON, but I just searched for KITTY in Essex County and found this:
1870 VA - Essex County, Millers TAvern, Page 142
According to the VA State LIbrary Index there are Birth REcords for Essex County 1856-1916 available on microfilm. VA began keeping birth Records on a county level in 1853 whites and blacks, slaves and free blacks were listed. Slaves may or may not be identifed by name, it is important to know the name of the slave owner. Free blacks would be recorded with their own names. Judging the kids ages from the 1880 census there is a chance that all or some would be listed, but you would have to check and see. Also be aware that not all births were registered for either whites or blacks, slave or free.
Don't know if these birth registers are on line, you might have to get the microfilm on interlibrary loan at your local library or at the FHC in your area.
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