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Re: Blacks in Bedford Co., Va. circa 1786

How did you find this information about your ancestor's birth circumstances? Perhaps you can search through NC or VA records to see if the child's name appears in any apprenticeship records, assuming of course that she was treated as a free child and not whisked off and sold as a slave.

Finding the African American father might be difficult, especially seeing that the mother was white. Did the mother stay married to the man she married in NC? Or, did her husband attempt to divorce her due to her delivery of a mulatto child? I know that cases such as this appeared in the Virginia state legislative records. I can't cite a specific case at the moment, but do know that several husbands divorced their wives because they gave birth to mixed-race children. This is all to say that you might want to delve into relationship between your ancestor's white mother and her husband, to see if there are any additional leads?

Furthermore, you might want to check the court records after the birth of the child, as the mother or her husband, may have accused a man of raping her and causing her to give birth to a mulatto child... and this might reveal the name of the father of the child.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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