AfriGeneas Slave Research Forum
Skinner's Tavern, Fairmont, VA
My Davison family received their manumission in 1852 in Marion County, Virginia. The document is in the Marion County Courthouse, Fairmont, West Virginia(present day). Family history says my GG Uncle Caleb paid Phoebe Wilson's owners $250.00 for her freedom and that the transaction took place at Skinner's Tavern, Fairmont, Virginia. Was Skinner's Tavern a part of the slave trade/slave auction? Or was Skinner's Tavern a convenient location for business transactions? A letter to the Fairmont Chamber of Commerce asking about Skinner's Tavern in general resulted in no reply. The Tavern does appear in books of the era but nothing is mentioned on slavery. If any reader knows anything at all about Skinner's Tavern, I sure would like to hear from them. With each new bit of information we investigate here in Greene County, PA, we come upon more information to investigate! The names of additional reported slave owners here in Greene County appear and their names are not listed as slaveowners in county records. McLaughlin, Renner, Gilmore, Lemmon...these names are reported to have been slaveowners but so far, we have very little info on them. Negro Run Cemetery is said to be on once-owned Lemmon Land. Slave cabins are said to have been on once-owned Renner land. A Gilmore house is said to have been part of the Underground Railroad and just below the Gilmore Cemetery which is located very near the PA/WV border, there appears to be another graveyard, perhaps of slaves or former slaves. We have leads on two or three other Colored Cemeteries in the Shannon Run area of Greene County. All these areas are "a stones throw" from the then Virginia border. Greene County holds a great deal of African American History and our monograph, Early African American History of Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania will have additions to it as we learn more. Greene County, for many, was a place of refuge and a 'jumping off' point. The roots of many Black and Mulatto and White families are here and in some cases, intertwined! The search continues.....