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Re: Slave descendants of the Cabell family
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So glad to see this discussion on Nelson County, VA. It made me go back out and dig out some of the material I gathered awhile ago.
The Cohabitation List which was generated from July 1865 thru July 1866, provides a wealth of information on the "marriages" that began under slavery. These records are part of Record Group 105 of the FB. Although all the VA counties were ordered to record this information, not all did, or not all survive. Luckily Nelson County survives and provides information on 643 couples, who came and gave information thereby legalizing those relationships which had began many years before.
The information provided is:
1.Date the information was provided beginning July 24, 1865 thru July 7, 1866
2. Husbands first and last name
3. Wife's first and last name
4. When Married
6. Where Married (on farm of/premises of)
In these records the couples "speak for themselves", and give their names, first and last. As opposed to being spoken about in Wills and Deeds and other documents by others.
The "Where married" column provides invaluable information on who the slave owner was at the time these relationships began. Whether or not these were the same slave owners at the end of slavery I can not say.
In most instances the surnames given by the couple are NOT the surnames of the owners.
Although most of these relationships are said to have begun in Nelson County, other counties are mentioned, Amherst, Albemarle, Buckingham.
A few have ages.
Most do not have extra remarks attached, some do:
August 5, 1865
Aug 11, 1865
August 12, 1865
Derek, numerous "marriages" took place on property owned by Cabells. N. F. Cabell, Mayo Cabell,; Ed. A. Cabell (Amherst). If you don't already have I will send.
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