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Re: Petersburg Register of Free Negroes 1819-1850

Paul, I'm a big fan of yours :) Every since I saw you on African American Lives, I became fascinated by what you've uncovered and pulled together so diligently. So, a big hug for you

Ok, now for the question. My ggggrandmother, Milly, was freed before the civil war in Petersburg, Dinwiddie County. A family member researched a while back and found a vital statistics record that shows she had a child named David Woodley (my gggrandfather) with a Jesse Mason. I think she was freed by Thomas Stewart (mentioned on your website) but the age doesn't coorespond with census records [1860]. If that's her, it would be off by several decades. Were those ALL the slaves freed before emancipation listed on the website for Dinwiddie?

My family member stated that Jesse Mason was a slave, but I did come across one that was free prior to 1865. He also appears to have links within the Mason family line that you researched. I think my relative may have been wrong about this one, but I'm just not certain and I can't reach them to confirm. The information I received from them is in a booklet from a past family reunion. Can you direct me as to what document I should look for to clarify whether Jesse Mason was a slave or free. ~ Thanks in advance, Lana

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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