A Guide to the Accomack County (Va.) powers of attorney and letters relating to slaves of Bull and Warner, 1839 Accomack County (Va.) powers of attorney and letters relating to slaves of Bull and Warner, 1839 0007433433

A Guide to the Accomack County (Va.) powers of attorney and letters relating to slaves of Bull and Warner, 1839

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Repository
The Library of Virginia
Barcode number
0007433433
Title
Accomack County (Va.) powers of attorney and letters relating to slaves of Bull and Warner, 1839
Physical Characteristics
10 p.
Collector
Accomack County (Va.) Circuit Court.
Location
Library of Virginia
Language
English

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Preferred Citation

Accomack County (Va.) powers of attorney and letters relating to slaves of Bull and Warner, 1839. Local government records collection, Accomack County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

Acquisition Information

These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from the circuit court of Accomack County under the accession number 44262.

Historical Information

Accomack County was named for the Accomac Indians, who lived on the Eastern Shore at the time of the first English settlement in Virginia. The word means "on-the-other-side-of-water place" or "across the water." It was one of the original eight shires, or counties, first enumerated in 1634 and spelled Accomac without the k. The county's name was changed to Northampton County in 1643. The present county was formed from Northampton about 1663. In October 1670, the General Assembly temporarily reunited Accomack and Northampton Counties as Northampton County. In November 1673, Accomack County was again separated from Northampton. In early records, the county's name was spelled many ways. In 1940 the General Assembly adopted the present spelling, Accomack. The county gained a small part of the southern end of Smith's Island from Somerset County, Maryland, in 1879, after the United States had approved boundary changes between Virginia and Maryland that had been agreed to in 1877. The county seat is Accomac.

Scope and Content

Accomack County (Va.) powers of attorney and letters relating to slaves of Bull and Warner, 1839, includes three letters from William Hugg of Camden, New Jersey to James Ailworth of Accomack County. Hugg notified Ailworth that he had captured and imprisoned slaves that belonged to the estates of John Bull, Sr., and Jacob Warner. Ailworth was the administrator of Bull's estate. Hugg requested Ailworth to send someone to recover the slaves. In one of the letters, he references abolitionists. The collection also includes two powers of attorney that gave representatives of Warner and Bull's estates the authority to recover the slaves.

Related Material

Additional Accomack County records can be found on microfilm at The Library of Virginia. See A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

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

  • African Americans -- Virginia -- Accomack County.
  • Antislavery movements -- New Jersey.
  • Fugitive slaves. -- Virginia -- Accomack County.
  • Slaveholders -- Virginia -- Accomack County.
  • Slaves -- Virginia -- Accomack County.
  • Geographical Names:

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

  • Correspondence -- Virginia -- Accomack County.
  • Local government records -- Virginia -- Accomack County.
  • Powers of attorney -- Virginia -- Accomack County.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

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