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Re: Slaves freed in Virginia after 1782

Paul, I sent another post with the same request, but it doesn't appear to have taken. So forgive me please if this is a duplicate.

I was interested in the slaves freed by Thomas Stewart in Petersburg, Dinwiddie County because I believe he freed my ggggrandmother. Her name was Milly and she was free prior to 1865. She appears on the 1860 census living with other people and her son David Woodley. A member of my family researched a while back this family branch and they stated David Woodley's father was Jesse Mason. My questions are

1. Are there any other Milly's that were free in Petersburg, Dinwiddie Cty. prior to 1865 because she was the only one mentioned. However her age is way off from the census records, which I understand most of the time aren't accurate. But in the 1860 they show her as 26, which would mean she wasn't even born when Thomas Stewart freed his slaves.

2. My relative stated in our family reunion packet that Jesse Mason was a slave. There appear to be several that were free and maybe even descend from the Mason line you traced for colonial Virginia. I recall you mentioning one was indebted for being a mulatto born to a white woman ??? I can't recall the ethnicity of the mother, but her children were bonded as punishment. I was thinking maybe this is my Jesse Mason.

I'm really unclear. Any advice you could provide would be great.

Oh, you rock btw! I really admire your work. Thanks again!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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