A Guide to the Rappahannock County (Va.) Registry of the Colored Persons in Accordance with Circular No. 11, 1866 Rappahannock County (Va.) Registry of the Colored Persons in Accordance with Circular No. 11, 1866 Rappahannock County (Va.) Reel 22

A Guide to the Rappahannock County (Va.) Registry of the Colored Persons in Accordance with Circular No. 11, 1866

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Microfilm reel number: Rappahannock County (Va.) Reel 22


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Repository
The Library of Virginia
Microfilm reel number
Rappahannock County (Va.) Reel 22
Title
Rappahannock County (Va.) Registry of the Colored Persons in Accordance with Circular No. 11, 1866
Physical Characteristics
1 microfilm reel (19 images)
Collector
Rappahannock County (Va.) Circuit Court.
Location
Library of Virginia
Language
English

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Rappahannock County (Va.) Registry of the Colored Persons in Accordance with Circular No. 11, 1866. Rappahannock County (Va.) Reel 22. Local government records collection, Rappahannock County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond Virginia 23219.

Acquisition Information

This item was microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah at the Rappahannock County Courthouse, Washington, Virginia.

Historical Information

Rappahannock County was formed in 1833 from Culpeper County.

The Virginia legislature passed an act on 27 February 1866 to legalize the marriages of former slaves who had been cohabiting as of that date. See Virginia Acts of Assembly, 1866-1867, Chapter 18, An act to amend and re-enact the 14th section of chapter 108 of the Code of Virginia for 1860, in regard to registers of marriage; and to legalize the marriages of colored persons now cohabiting as husband and wife.

The federal Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands directed the Assistant Superintendents of the states to order the county clerks to make a registry of such cohabiting couples. See Circular No. 11, dated 19 March 1866, in Orders, Circulars, Circular Letters, and Letters of Instruction, vol. 2 (1866). Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Virginia, 1865-1869. Miscellaneous reel 3880, Library of Virginia. National Archives microfilm M1048 (reel 41), Record Group 105.

Scope and Content

Rappahannock County (Va.) Registry of the Colored Persons in Accordance with Circular No. 11, 1866, is also commonly called the Rappahannock County (Va.) Cohabitation Register. This register follows the Rappahannock County (Va.) Register of Marriages, 1853-1939, in the same volume. The register records the date and place of marriage (town or county), full name of husband and wife, age and condition before marriage (single or widowed), places of birth, places of their residence on the 27th of February 1866, parents' names, occupation of husband, names of former wives, and the names of children of those wives recognized. There is an index at the beginning of the cohabitation register (but following the Register of Marriages, 1853-1939) by husband and wife name.

This registry of the colored persons was taken by Second Lieutenant Jacob Roth, Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) and Assistant Superintendent, Bureau of Refugees Freedmen and Abandoned Lands for the Sub-district County of Rappahannock, VA. A note at the front of the register states that the register was returned to the Rappahannock clerk's office on June 9, 1869.

Related Material

Additional Rappahannock County Marriage Records and Vital Statistics can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm" found on the Library of Virginia web site.

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

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

  • African Americans -- Employment -- Virginia -- Rappahannock County.
  • African Americans -- Virginia -- Rappahannock County.
  • Freedmen -- Virginia -- Rappahannock County.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Rappahannock County (Va.) -- History -- 19th century.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Local government records -- Virginia -- Rappahannock County.
  • Marriage records -- Virginia -- Rappahannock County.
  • Marriage registers -- Virginia -- Rappahannock County.
  • Added Entry - Corporate Name:

  • United States. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Rappahannock County (Va.) -- History -- 19th century.