A Guide to the Essex County (Va.) Registers of Free Negroes,, 1810-1861 Essex County (Va.) Registers of Free Negroes, 1810-1861 119, 120, 123, 132

A Guide to the Essex County (Va.) Registers of Free Negroes,, 1810-1861

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Microfilm reel numbers 119, 120, 123, 132


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Repository
The Library of Virginia
Microfilm reel numbers
119, 120, 123, 132
Title
Essex County (Va.) Registers of Free Negroes, 1810-1861
Physical Characteristics
4 microfilm reels
Creator
Essex County (Va.) Circuit Court.
Location
Library of Virginia
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Use microfilm copy, Essex County (Va.) Reels 119, 120, 123, 132.

Preferred Citation

Essex County (Va.) Reels 119, 120, 123, 132, Local government records collection, Essex County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va. 23219.

Acquisition Information

The microfilm copy of these records was generated by The Library of Virginia's Imaging Services Branch.

Historical Information

Essex County was formed in 1692 from Rappahannock County, a now extinct Virginia county.

An act passed by the Virginia legislature in 1803 required every free negro or mulatto to be registered and numbered in a book to be kept by the county clerk.

Scope and Content

Registers of Free Negroes, 1810-1861, of Essex County list the registration number, age, name, color, stature, marks or scars, in what court the person was emancipated or whether the person was born free. Some clerks recorded additional information not required by law. The 1810-1843 register has an index both at the beginning and at the end of the volume. The index at the beginning is a more complete index although both should be checked. The 1843-1861 volume has an index at the end of the volume. The indexes list in alphabetical order by surname the names of registered free persons and the page number where their registration information can be found.

Arrangement

Chronological by registration date.

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

  • Essex County (Va.). Circuit Court.
  • Subjects:

  • African Americans--Virginia--Essex County.
  • African Americans--Virginia.
  • Free African Americans--Virginia--Essex County.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Essex County--History--19th century.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Free Negro and Slave Records--Virginia--Essex County.
  • Local government records--Virginia--Essex County.
  • Registers (lists)--Virginia--Essex County.

Contents List

Reel number 119: Register of Free Negroes, 1810-1843
Reel number 123: Register of Free Negroes, 1810-1843
Reel number 120: Register of Free Negroes, 1843-1861
Reel number 132: Register of Free Negroes, 1843-1861

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Essex County--History--19th century.