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Re: Swampers - Free Blacks in the Great Dismal Swa

Hi Deloris,

Thanks for responding and thanks for transcribing the Halifx County NC FPOC entries (and apprenticeships) and making them available on the Web for all researchers.

I printed your list out and compared it to Kent's it is the same listing, produced in NC in response to the NC Law of 1847. She "abstracted" and you "transcribed" the entries. It is interesting to see the differences. Most noticeable is that fact that for many entries Kent left out the "scars" and other bodily details that were mentioned, all of which implies a very careful "going over" of the individuals by the person making the record.

This book was published the first time in 1997, wonder if she was looking at the actual manuscript? She was able to read the entry that appeared on Nov 22, 1853 John NEWSOM, 34 years old, dark complexion, "has a mark on the face", 5 feet 10 inches tall. His name appears after Mary Bowser Oct. 25.

For Isaac ARtis Feb. 9, 1954 she writes "many scars on his breast from cupping".
Then adds " was beleived that bleeding enhanced healing during illness. With cupping a glass or cup was applied to the body in a manner that produced a vacum and caused slow bleeding to occur"


Thanks for posting this. Also, many of these from Halifax Co., NC, were included in the records I abstracted from the Free Negro Register that I found at the end of the reel microfilm C.047.30003
with the Halifax Co. Court Minutes, 1847-1865. It also contained a number of Apprenticeships which I abstracted separately.

They are both posted here:


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