Rockingham County Register of Free Negroes

1807-1859

(Partial)

Library of Virginia microfilm no. 676

 

J. Peters, No. 1, Culpeper County...a dark Mulatto about 5 feet 4-7/8 Inches high 21 years old. about the 30th March last...Margaret Lendsey...made oath that Joshua Peters who was bound to her husband Thomas Lendsey by the overseers of the poor for the said county, to serve untill he arrived at the age of 21 years, became free about the 30 day of March last...this 29th day of August 1804 (Copd 4 August 1814) [frame 21]

 

A, Vina, No. 2, Culpeper County...a free black man named Andrew Vina about 5 feet 8 Inches high 21 years old 10th day of March last and who was bound by the overseers of the poor in this County to William Barbour by Indentures bearing date the 26th day of July 1789...22nd August 1803. Registered in my office the 31st December 1808. [frame 22]

 

J. Boswell, No. 3, Rockingham County...James Boswell a Mulatto man about 26 years of age, about 5 feet 9-3/4 Inches high...thick bushy head, who was set free by the last will of John Boswell decd of Louisa County...7th April 1809.

 

J. Hywarden, No. 4, Stafford County the 14th of January 1806...James Hywarden, a dark Mulatto man, about 32 years of age, about 5 feet 6 or 7 inches high...was born free...Registered in my office the 10 day August 1809.

 

B. Hackley, No. 5, Culpeper County...Billy, who is emancipated by the last will of John Hackly decd...about 25 years old, 5 feet 9-1/4 Inches high of a dark complexion...this 16th August 1804...Registered in my office the 30th September 1809. [Registered again on 11th October 1825 as No. 81]

 

J. Hackley, No. 6, Rockingham County...Isaac Hackley about 5 feet 3 Inches high...21 years old 4th June last, was emancipated by the will of John Hackly decd and was bound by the Overseers of the Poor untill he was 21 years of age to Jacob Strout...5 day of May 1810 [frame 23]

 

Peter Mayo, No. 7, Rockingham County...a black man, about 6 feet high...30 years old the 25 day of December 1810. Produced...a certificate of the Clerk of Cumberland County shewing that he was emancipated by the last will of Joseph Mayo deceased...this 1st day of March 1811.

 

Hannah McCoy, No. 8, Rockingham County...about 5 feet 8 Inches high...about 21 years of age, a Dark Mulato, was born free as appears by the Certificate of William Parrott...11 July 1811.

 

John Higgans, No. 9, about five feet 8 inches high...26 years old the 18th day of this Month November, a Mulatto Man, was set free at the age of 25 years by Peter Higgans deceased as appears by his last will...13 November 1811.

 

No. 10, Samuel Viney...a black man named Samuel Viny about five feet 7 Inches 1/4 high 36 years old in December last who was bound by the Overseers of the Poor of Culpeper County as appears by a certificate this day filed in my office bearg date the 9th of April 1801...this 22 February 1812.

 

No. 11, Peachy Barrett, a woman of a Dark Complexion aged 23 years, five feet four inches high...was born free in the county of Albemarle. At a Court held for the County of Albemarle the 1st day of October 1804. On the 26th day of August 1812 the above named Peachey Barrett produced the above Register [frame 24]

 

No. 12, Jack Sivingher a Mulatto man, by trade a black Smith, aged Twenty four years five feet 9 inches high was born free in the county of Albemarle...At a Court held for Albemarle County the first day of October 1804.

 

No. 13, Aron Mullins, a Mullatto man about 5 feet 6-1/2 Inches high say he is about 70 years of age, head bald...was set free by Conerly Mullins an other heirs of Henry Mullins of Goochland County...27 August 1812.

 

No. 14, Daniel a Black man about 5 feet 10-1/2 Inches high...a Verry Dark Negroe about 25 years of age the 26 of August last, was set free by the will of Peter Haggans deceased as appears by the said will Record in the county court of Rockingham...10 October 1812.

 

No. 15, Seve Lewis a Dark Mulatto Man about 5 feet 10-1/2 inches high, 23 years old the 14th day of February Next (1814)...born free, a black smith by trade, and was bound as an apprentice by the Overseers of the Poor of Rockingham County to Samuel Glyn...18 August 1813

 

No. 17, Shadrick Hill, a Dark Mulatto Man, about twenty Eight years of age, five feet ten inches, who has lost his right eye, was born free in the county of Orange as appears by a certificate from the county court of said county bearing date at November Court 1811...this 18 day of January 1814. [frame 25]

 

No. 22, George McCoy (a free boy) about 12 years of, the 1st of this Month, appears was born free and was bound by order of the court of Rockingham to Joshua Peters, also a free Man of Colour, to learn the trade of Sadler, about 5 feet 7 inches high, a dark Mulatto...June 20th 1813. [frame 26]

 

No. 24, John McCoy a black man aged 28 years the 26th day of January next, about six feet three & three fourths inches high...born free. October Court 1815.

 

No. 26, Isaac Greenwood a free man of Colour, 25 years of age, about five feet 7 Inches high...a bright Mulattoe was emancipated by John Moore by deed dated the 13th September 1815.

 

No. 29, Buck alias James Ayles of Harrisonburg, a Bright Mulattoe Man, about 6 feet 2-1/2 inches high...about 23 years of age the __ of September 1814 was born free in the County of Rockingham and was bound an apprentice by the Overseers of the Poor to Dennis Lanahan to learn the trade of Stone Mason...24th November 1813. [frame 27]

 

No. 30, On the 7th March 1817. John Peterson filed in my office a Certificate of his Register Granted him by the County Court of Goochland...18th day of December 1816, No. 182, a free man of Colour of dark Yellow Complexion, 22 years old in May last, short curled hair about 6 feet high...was free born.

 

No. 31, 7th March 1817, Burket Bird, a free man of Color, a Dark Mulatto, Twenty one years of age in October last (1816) about 6 feet high...was born free.

 

No. 33, the 15th July 1817. Andrew Alexander (a free Man of Colour) said to be twenty one years of age the 22d of February 1817, about 5 feet 4 inches high, a Dark Mulatto, rather a handsome face, with tolarable full eyes...born free and was bound by the Overseers of the Poor of Rockingham to learn the trade of black Smith which trade he follows [frame 28].

 

No. 34, Registered in my office the 22nd October 1817, Polly McCoy (a free Woman of Colour) twenty five years of age the 6th day of March 1818, five feet seven Inches high, a Bright Muletto with dark Brown Eyes...is the Daughter of Betty McCoy who was a free woman at the time of her Birth as appears by the certificate of William Parrott filed in my office.

 

No. 35, 19th day of January 1818. Haney Hubbard (a free woman of Colour) twenty four years of age in October last past, five feet one Inch high, a very dark Mullatto almost Black, a Broad full face, black Eyes...was born free as appears by a Certificate of Benjamin Dawson of Faquire County filed in my office. 21st day of January 1818.

 

No. 36, the 19th day of January 1818, David Newman (a free Man of Colour) twenty Eight years old in December last past, five feet five Inches high, a little cross eyed, a very dark Mulletto...was emancipated by Robert Carter on the 1st day of August 1791 as appears by the Certificate of Benjamin Dawson Trustee for said Robert Carter Decd

 

No. 38, 18th day of May 1818 Mary Redman (a free Woman of Colour) appears to be about thirty five years of age five feet four Inches high a Mulatto...was born free as appears by the certificate of Anthony Hughes and Ezekiel Brandam of Culpeper County Virginia filed in my office. The above Register was by the County Court of Rockingham the 21 day of October 1818 ordered to be certified. [frame 29]

 

No. 39, 20th day of May 1818, Elias Bird (a free man of Colour) twenty one years of age the 15th day of March last past, five feet seven Inches and a half high...Dark Muletto and was born free as appears by the certificate of Nathaniel Hord of this county.

 

No. 40, the 17th day of August 1818, Nathaniel Tarman ( a free Man of Colour) Twenty five years of age, Six feet four and a half Inches high, a Bright Mulletta...was Emancipated by John Mackall in the year 1794 as appears by his Emancipation bill of Record in the Clerk's office of said County of Rockingham.

 

No. 41, 18th day of August 1818, Samuel Black (a free Man of Colour) twenty one years of age on the first day of May last, five feet Nine Inches & half high Slender Made has no scar or Mark, Smoothe pleasant Countenance, was free born and served his apprenticeship with Col George Auston as appears by said Hustons certificate filed in my office.

 

No. 43, 20th August 1818 Peter Armstrong (a free Man of Colour) aged 37 years the 22nd of July 1813 five feet six Inches high...is a Dark Mulletto and served with William Clasby until he was twenty one years of age as appears by his Indenture. [frame 30]

 

No. 44, 15th day of December 1818, Nicholas Richison (alias Dave) a free Man of Colour aged 21 years in May last) five feet seven and three quarter Inches high...is Black Man and served with Valentine Miller of Rockingham County until he was twenty one years of age as appears by his Indenture filed in my office his Trade is a Black Smith.

 

No. 45, this 17th day of August 1819, James Chambers (a free Man of Colour) about 25 years of age in February 1819, five feet Eight Inches high...a Bright Mullettoe short made, Hazle coloured Eyes, was free born as appears by the affidavit of Mary Chambers of Fredericksburg filed in my office.

 

No. 46, 20th of October 1819, Martin Colley (a free man of Colour) about 45 years of age, five feet seven and a half Inches high...is a Bright Mullettoe a Man of Genteel size and appearance with Black Eyes was free born as appears by the certificate of Abner Yates of this County.

 

No. 47, this 21st day of December 1819. Frank Morris (a free Man of Colour) aged 18 years the 20th of November 1813 five feet six Inches high...a pleasant looking black man and was Emancipated by Pink Eaton by his Last Will in the county of Rockingham dated 17th of January 1814. [frame 31]

 

No. 49, Dennis Newman this 21st day of March 1820 (a free man of Colour) about twenty five years old sometime in 1819, five feet eight inches high...has a rather Down look, has a very Black complexion, is a Black Smith by Trade, was Emancipated by Robert Carter Decd of Frederick County as appears by the certificate of Benjamin Dawson Trustee for said Robert Carter Decd.

 

No.50, 18th April 1820, Polly Colly (a free Woman of Colour) about Twenty years of age some time in the present years, five feet three and a half Inches high...Very Bright Mullettoe, has Clear Black Eyes and Curly Black hair which is not napped long. Said Polly was free Born as appears by the Certificate of Joseph Baxter Esqr filed in my office.

 

No. 51, 18th October 1820, Nat Nickens a free Man of Colour aged 21 years five feet Eight Inches and one quarter high has a pleasant countenance...free born as appears by certificate of John Carthrae filed in my office. [frame 32]

 

No. 52, 19th day of October 1820, Ezekiel Lewis a free Man of Colour aged twenty two years on the 5th day of March 1820 as appears by his Indenture he having been bound by the Overseers of the Poor of Rockingham County to John Koontz to learn the Tanning business by order of the Court of said County made at January Court 1814, five feet Ten and a half Inches high, has a scar on his forehead which is not perceivable when he has a hat on it, being partly covered by the hair of his head. he is stout built and follows his Trade and is tolarable Dark.

 

No. 53, No. 54, 1st June 1822, Lewis Rason otherwise Calld Lewis Zane, a Mulatto Man, about 46 years old at Chrismas Next (1822), about 5 feet, 8 inches high...was emancipated by Sarah Zain as appears by the Certificate of the Clerk of Shanandoah County. [frame 33]

 

No. 55, 31st August 1822, Daniel calld Daniel Hopkins, a verey black Man about 28 or 29 years of age, was born free (but bound to serve untill he was 21 years of age) has large thick lips...about 5 feet 6 or 7 inches high.

 

No. 59, 2nd day of October 1822, Washington Lucas, a free man of Colour of a dark Complexion, aged about 22 years and 7 months about five feet nine Inches high...was born free as appears by an Indenture of Apprenticeship binding him to George Glacke by the Overseers of the Poor for the Corporation of Fredericksburg. [frame 33]

 

No. 62, 2nd April 1823 Dennis Holly a dark Mulatto man said to be about 36 years of age the 5th of August next-about five feet eight Inches high...found to be entitled to his freedom as appears by the Judgment of the court of this County against Clement Ervine.

 

No. 77, 11 October 1825, Richard Jackson a free Negro, a Dark Mulatto, about 5 feet 8-1/4 inches high...was free born. [frame 37]

 

No. 78, 11th October 1825, Molly Jackson, wife of Richard Jackson, a bright Mulatto, about five feet 4-1/4 Inches high...born free as appears by a certificate in my office. [frame 38]

 

No. 79, 11th October 1825, Malinda Jackson Daughter of Richard Jackson, a Mulatto girl about 21 years of age in March last, five feet 6 1/4 inches high...born free.

 

No. 81, 11th October 1825, Billy Hackly about 46 years of age, a very Dark Man, five feet 9-1/4 Inches high, was emancipated by the will of John Hackly deceasd.

 

No. 82, 12 October 1825, Samuel Madden, about 19 years of Age a dark Mulatto Five Feet 8-1/4 Inches high and was Free Born by affidavits of Reuben King and Wesly Sandman

 

No. 84, 13 October 1825, Isaac Adams Twenty Two Years of Age on the 10th day of August 1825. Isaac is rather a dark Mulatto Man and is Five Feet 10-1/4 Inches high, has on his left arm the impression of a Cable and Anker and the letters I.A. made by the incertion of Indian Ink. [frame 39]

 

No. 85, 13 October 1825, Jane Givins, the Wife of James Givins, a Free man of Colour, Jane is about 43 years of Age, about 5 feet high and a light black Woman...emancipated by the said James on the 14th day of October 1818.

 

No. 89, 22nd day of October 1825, James Lowrey, free Born, aged 21 years the 19th day of October 1825 as appears by an Indenture of Apprenticeship Made by the Overseers of the Poor of Rockingham County Binding said Lowrey to Abraham Nave...a Bright Mulatto Man and Five Feet 9 Inches high. [frame 40]

 

No. 96, 24th December 1825, Isaiah Welch a Dark Mulatto Man about 28 years of age, about five feet 6 inches high...born free as appears by a certificate of the County Court of Orange. [frame 41]

 

No. 121, 27th day of October 1827, Polly Lewis a Mulatto Woman 42 or 3 years of Age 5 feet 1 inch high and was Free Born as appears by her former Register and Certificate of Robert Smith Chew Clerk of...Fredericksburg...a Mulatto Woman Aged thirty Five Years, 5 feet one Inch high who was born free...Registered 9th June 1820 [frames 47, 48]

 

No. 133, Lewis Bird 7th October 1828 a Free Man of Colour about 47 years of Age and 5 Feet 7 & a 1/2 Inches high and is a Mulatto...Free Born as appears by the affidavit of Thomas Hord and Nathaniel Hord [frame 49]

 

No. 134, 1st Decbr 1828, Rosana Green a Free Mulatto Woman about 43 or 44 years of Age and 5 Feet 5 Inches high...Free Born as appears by the affidavit of Henry Brown

 

No. 135, 1st Decbr, Saml Green, a Dark Mulatto Man, about 49 Years of Age and Five Feet 8 Inches high...Free Born as appears by the affidavit of James Fulton [frame 50]

 

No. 147, 5th September 1831, Sally Alestock a Mulatto Woman 50 years of Age and 5 Feet 5-1/2 Inches high...Free Born as appears by the affidavit of Mary Davis [frame 52]

 

No. 154, 27th day of January 1832, Martin Cauly (a free Negro) about 62 years of age, 5 feet 7-1/2 inches high...a bright Mulatto, black eyes, and is very gray, was born free as appears by the evidence filed in my office. [frame 54]

 

No. 239, the 19th day of September 1836 Milly Goens alias Milly Moore, now the wife of London Priggs, a verry bright Mulatto Woman, about 41 years of age...free born as appears by evidence filed in my office [frames 69, 70]