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[VA] Virtual Jamestown African American Records

For those researching early African American history in Virginia, you might enjoy some of the records found on the Virtual Jamestown website. I've often used this site to find info on white ancestors, but they also have a number AA resources. Some of them are:
York Freedom suits 1685-1715
York Indentures 1684-1730
York Labor Complaints 1685-1712
York Runaways 1645-1734
York Trade in Servants 1688-1707

An example of the Freedom Suits:
York County Deeds, Orders, and Wills Book 7--Freedom Suits

25 January 1685/6

Whereas It appeareing by the Will of Capt Phillip Chesley dated
the Eighteenth of December One thousand six hundred seaventy
fower from the Date thereof that his Negroe Joseph should
serve Eleaven Yeares and noe longer wherefore upon the
Petition of the said Joseph It is Ordered that mr: Peter
Berry who is Intrusted with the said Estate sett the said
Negro free the sd. Eleaven Yeares being fully expired

Deloris


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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