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Southampton Co. VA Records Project

Southampton County VA Project
About the Project:
http://www.brantleyassociation.com/pages/southampton_project.htm
View the Indexes and Records:
http://www.brantleyassociation.com/southampton_project/southampton_project_list.htm

For those of you that research Southampton County VA (and the surrounding counties Sussex, Surry, Isle of Wight, Nansemond, etc) or NC, Alabama, SC etc. researchers who find their family on the 1870 census and the oldest person in the house is said to be born in “VA”, there is now a great website which gives you access to invaluable manuscript records on your computer…digital images (thousands of them) along with an every name index for each book The indexes are being produced by VOLUNTEERS. (Remember these are volunteers when you want to start screaming they spelled your name wrong). They are still looking for VOLUNTEERS if you are interested.

Southampton County was formed in 1749 from Isle of Wight County, (a part of Nansemond County was added later). Isle of Wight was an original shire established in 1634. Most of the folks residing in these counties were early white settlers and African slaves that arrived in the 1600’s and 1700’s, enslaved or free and Indians and or children of same. These white slave owners and or their descendants would later migrate to other parts of the state or into other states. They would take their slaves with them, give them in wills and deeds to their children or sell them west or to the lower south. Many of these Free Black families would migrate out of VA as the laws became more restrictive as their numbers increased.

Needless to say this is NOT where you begin your search and try to work your way forward (you can not just assume that the PETER listed below in 1749 is the same Peter seen in a will in 1800 in North Carolina)….but it gives you access to a variety of documents which span over 150 years from the period of enslavement to freedom. For those who Know or think that their families are in this county or close by I would start with the documents generated AFTER APRIL 1865 and emancipation…marriages, wills, deeds, etc. , the voter registration book is great, last 6 pages are "Colored Voters". For those whose families were “free” prior to 1865 this is a great addition to add to the work at Heinnegs site:

www.freeafricanamericans.com

USING THE INDEX:
PLACE NAMES ARE IDENTIFIED WITH AN ASTERICK “*”, SLAVES, FREE BLACKS AND AFTER EMANCIPATION ANYONE IDENTIFIED BY RACE IN THE DOCUMENT (COL, NEGRO, ETC) WITH A PLUS SIGN “+” ;AND INDIANS WITH “^”. Not all indexes for each book are on available yet and these indexes are still in draft form.

The records include:
COURT ORDER BOOKS – 1749-1881
Page 155 - Court Order Book 1749 -
PETER a Negro Boy Slave belonging to William Kirby is by this court adjudged to be twelve years of age.
AGGA a Negro girl Slave belonging to Timothy Reese of the county of Brunswick is by this court adjudged to be nine years of age.
NED a Negro boy Slave belonging to Foster Reeves of the county of Brunswick is by the Court adjudged to be eleven years of age.

COURT MINUTE BOOKS 1786 TO 1861
Page 48 - 10th day of June 1791 –
Davis deed for the manumission of ARIANA & child ack. & or

MARRIAGE RECORDS – 1750-1890
Marriage Book 1A
Page 87 - Dec. 18, 1865 Theophilus Field* (age 40) and Rutha E. Woodson* (age 40) (persons of color)
Marriage Book 2
Page 9 – Thomas Lassiter* (age 21) and Everline Kindred* (age 22) 17th , colored, 17th day of Feb. 1872

WILL BOOKS 1747-1881
Will Book No. 1 – page 9
Will of John Fort 10 Jan 1853
….bequeth to my son Elias Fort the plantation…3 Negroes one boy Tom, one named Mingo….
Will Book No. 1 – page 124
An Inventory and Appraisment of the Slaves and Personal Effects of John Fort Deced
1 Negro named Mingo…….L 15.0.0 (assuming this is Pounds not dollars)

DEED BOOKS 1749-1881

BIRTH RECORDS 1853 - images of pages are there...not indexed yet.

COMMISSION OF SAFETY 1775-1776

PROCESSION MAP BOOK 1826-1836
Page 24 – Nottoway Indians^
2693 Acres remaining for the Tribe of Nottoway Indians

VOTER REGISTRATION BOOK – 1902 (REMEMBER MALES ONLY)
Page 59: Blackwater Precinct –
Wm H. Bowers; DOB: Aug 2, 1847; Age 55; Residence: Southampton; Length of residence in State: 55 years; Length of Stay in County: 55 years: Length of Stay in Precinct: 35 years.

DEATH RECORDS 1853-1890 (NOT AVAILABLE YET)

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