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Re: Cohabitation Records
In Response To: Cohabitation Records ()

Denese, I have done research with Mr. Byrd and Mr. Smith in the distant past.Mr. Byrd is Native American and Mr. Smith is white , but is descendent from at least one free person of color.
You a are asking three different questions.
WHAT ARE THE COHABITATION RECORDS OF LINCOLN, BURKE, CATAWBA AND ROWAN COUNTIES OF NORTH CAROLINA? In 1866,the freed slaves went before the courts[magistrate] to legitimize their slave unions.They were not given a certificates, but their names were enter in the record.An example: I, JOHN DOE AND NANCY DOE HAVE BEEN LIVING TOGETHER AS HUSBAND AND WIFE FOR 10 YEARS AND WISH TO CONTINUE AS SUCH.In Lincoln County, the concern was the length of cohabitation. Rowan included the names of the former slave owners,Iredell included the name of the adult children born in slavery, Catawba did not include a last name until about half way through the list.
Free persons of color generally did not appear in the cohabitation record as after 1865 that legal classification ended.WHAT WERE SOME OF THE LAWS OF NORTH CAROLINA THAT WOULD EFFECT MARRIAGE OF PROC? PROC were was place between a rock and a hard place. STATE LAW PROHIBITED ASSOCIATION BETWEEN PROC AND SLAVES.STATE LAW PROHIBITED MARRIAGES BETWEEN PROC AND WHITES.SLAVE MARRIAGE HAD NO STATUS UNDER STATE LAW.Those PEOPLE THAT YOU MENTIONED ARE BEING PROSECUTED FOR BREAKING THE LAW. Until 1861, a PROC of color could buy a slave and cohabitate.ARE THERE RECORDS IN OTHER STATES? I only know of SC, there is no cohabitation record. marriage records were not kept until 1911. I did find some freedman marriages in the FREEDMEN'S BUREAU RECORDS, 1866.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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