AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
overseer of the poor records
I have found the county court records known as minutes or order books to contain rich infomation for those searching for free negro information. I am researching Rappahannock County, VA and goin through the court minutes I found ancestors of mine who were bound out, tho free to farmers or others by their mother for an annual salary through the Overseer of the Poor. Even a child of four! My great great grandmother who must have been widowed around 1838 began to go to court to have er chldren apprenticed to men in the community. Records were listed in the index under her children's name and also under the "O" records for Overseer of the Poor.
Fascinating because at some point prior to the expiration of the apprenticeship she returned to court to have the apprenticship rescinded and won. No indicaton ofwhy, but I would suspect mistreatment of her children maybe. This was a rich source of information for me.