AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[SC] Blacks in deeds Laurens/Newberry
BLACKS FOUND IN THE DEEDS OF LAURENS & NEWBERRY COUNTIES, SC: 1785-1827. Listed in Deeds of Gift, Deeds of Sale, Mortgages, Born Free and Freed. Abstracted from Laurens County, SC Deed Books A-L and Newberry County, SC Deed Books A-G
This work covers Deeds of Gift, Deeds of Sale, Mortgages, and references to manumission found in deeds, among 26 different kinds of deeds found in the Deed Books. Each abstract gives the date the deed was filed; names and counties of residence of all parties to the transaction; amount of the transaction, if any; names of the African Americans mentioned in the sources, along with any identifying comments (age, height, children, etc.); names of witnesses and the justice of the peace; and the date the deed was recorded. In some cases, the abstracts list the surnames of free blacks, their dates of birth, or an occupation. In all, more than several thousand African-American slaves and freed men and women living in South Carolina between 1780 and 1827 have been rescued from the obscurity of South Carolina's deed books.