Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes

in Montgomery County, Virginia

William Campbell

October 09, 1823

William Campbell was 20 years old, 5’ 10" tall, a "bright" mulatto, and had scars on both his chin and the little finger of his left hand. He was born free, and listed in the Court Order Book number 22 page 281.

George Briggs, alias George Spradlin

March 03, 1825

George Briggs was 22 years old, 5’6" tall, a "bright" mulatto, had a large black mole on his neck, and had a scar on each of his forefingers. He was born free, and the son of Betsy Spradlin, who was a free white woman. Briggs was listed in the Court Order Book number 23 on page 21, and again on July 2, 1860 as the alleged victim of a felony of James Moore in 1860.

Robert Hendley

February 06, 1827

Robert Hendley was about 50 years old, 5’6" tall, yellow complected, and partially bald. He was listed as a free man of colour with his five children. He was listed in the Court Order Book number 23 on page 289.

Matilda Hunt

September 05, 1827

Matilda Hunt was 27 years old, 5’8" tall, dark complected, had a large scar on her right hand from a burn, and also had two small scars over her right eye. She was born free and the daughter of Jenny Hunt who was bound out by William Wade. She was listed in the Court Order Book number 22 on page 89.

Alexander Pagee

December (year illegible)

Alexander was 28 years old, 5’7" or 5’7" tall. He had a dark complexion with a small scar between the eyes and another scar on his right hip from a burn. Pagee was born free.

Milly alias Mary Ann

November 1, 1831

Mary Ann was 60 years old at time of the census. She was 5’7" tall with black complexion a small scar between the eyes and a small back mole on her right side of her face. Last will and testament of Mary Carlton (WB 3/77 August 22, 1819, Item 6) and deed of manumission by Susannah Carlton (WB 3/138, September 7, 1819). Renew register on 186(?)

Jane Burks

December 6, 1831

She was 38 years old and 5’3" tall. She was the daughter of Hannah Campbell and born free. She had two small scars on her right arm from a dog bite.

Elmira Campbell (a.k.a Ellen)

December 6, 1831

Ellen was 24 years old and 5’3" tall. She was the daughter of Hannah Campbell and born free. She was a bright mulatto with a large scar on her right arm from a burn. Renewed at 3rd of May Court, 34 years old (COB 29/207); and at 3rd of June Court – had scar on left cheek and was 54 years of age.

D.U. 3 – 1850 Census

D.U. 4 – 1860 Census

1867 Census

Harry Finley

September 3, 1833

He was 20 years old and 5’10" tall. He was the son of Polly (who obtained her freedom in Montgomery County Court in August 1820), (COB 21/96). He had a black complexion with a lame right leg produced by white swelling, and small scar on his hip.

Sally Finely

June 3, 1833

Sally was 18 years old and 5’3" tall. She had a black complexion with no scars. She was the daughter of Polly (who obtained her freedom in August 1820 at the Montgomery County Court), (COB 21/96).

Ann Mars

May, 26, 1834

She was 25 years old and 5’1" tall. She was a bright mulatto with small scar on the left side of her face. She also scar on her left hand with tolerable large round eyes. Ann was born free.

Samuel Marrs

He was 25 tears old and 6’2". He was born of free parents in Franklin County, Virginia. He is a colored mulatto with a spot below the right arm, a scar just above the right hip, and one on the middle finger of his left hand. Register made by Franklin county Court Clerk Caleb Tate on August 3, 1833

Russell Finley

August 27, 1834

He was 12 years old and 4’6" tall. He is of dark complexion with no apparent scars. He was also born free.

Tom

August 27, 1834, R. D. Montague, Clerk

He was 55 years old and 5’11". He was of dark color, had a piece bitten off his left ear, and a scar across his left hand. He was freed by Judgement of the county Court of Wythe on August 10, 1820, by John P. Mathews, Clerk. Registered in Wythe County , June 12 , 1823.

Fanny Findley/Finley

August 27, 1834, R.D. Montague, Clerk

She was 47 years old and 4’11". She was of brown complexion with no marks or scars on face or hands. She wad born free. Registered No. 41, April, 18, 1822 and certified by Powhattan County Clerk William S. Dance, and Justice of the Peace Jesse Hughes; re-registered in the 13th session of Boutetourt County Court by I.M. Bowyer, Deputy Clerk

Elizabeth Marrs

September 1, 1834, R.D. Montague, Clerk

She was 20-25 years old and 5’1/2". She is a bright mulatto, tolerable straight hair, large scar on right arm below elbow, scar on back part of left hand and on top of left foot from burs. She has black eyes and regular features. She was born of free parents and raised in Franklin County. Registered October 6, 1828, Franklin County Court Clerk Caleb Tate, and certified by James C. Tate, Deputy Clerk; re-registered Boutetourt County, July 5, 1830 by H.W. Bowyer, Deputy Court Clerk; October 1834, Montgomery County, duplicate register granted. (COB 26/180)

Thomas Goings

September 1, 1834, R.D. Montague, Clerk

He was 31 years old and 5’7". He was of dark complexion and was a free man. Registered Cumberland County Court of Quarterly Session, October 23, 1827 by Miller Woodson, Clerk and Francis B. Deane, J.P. ; Registered Boutetourt County, July 5, 1830 by H.W. Bowyer, Deputy Clerk.

Lucinda Campbell

July 7, 1835

She was 25 years old and 5’6". She was a bright mulatto, had a small scar on right hand with dark eyes and hair. She was born free to Hannah Campbell, also free. Registration certified on August 3, 1835 (COB 26/251)

Margaret Campbell

August 3, 1835

She was 27 years old and 5’8’’. She is a bright mulatto with small scar on left wrist from a burn, a scar on left cheek, and black hair and grey eyes. She was born free of Hannah Campbell, also a free woman. Certified in court on August 3, 1835 (COB 26/251)

James Ligon

August 3, 1835

He was 27 years old and 5’8". He was very black, had two small scars over his right eye, several small scars on the right hand, and had his two middle fingers of the right hand cut off. He was the son of Sarah, who was emancipated by deed from Robert Shanklin (WB 1/267). Certified in court on August 3, 1835 (COB 26/251)

Caleb

May 02, 1836

Caleb was 41 years old, 5’4" tall, black complected, and had scars over his right eye and on his right wrist. He also had swelling in his left foot which caused him to have a lame leg. Caleb was partially balding. He was Certified in County Court on May 2, 1836 and part of the 22 slaves from Abram Deyerlee’s estate. He was emancipated by a deed executed by Thomas Deyerlee on March 23, 1835 and it was recorded on July 11, 1835. Caleb had a son named Thomas.

David Webster

June 05, 1838, R. D. Montague, Clerk

David Webster was 53 years on, born on October 28, 1785, and 5’7-1/2" tall. He was black complected, had coarse African features, was stout and fleshy, had clouded fingernails, a small bald spot, and scars on the right side of his neck and on the instep of his right foot. Webster was emancipated by deed executed by David Barnett on June 05, 1838, which was recorded on the same day and witnessed by James R. Kent and Charles Black.

Anderson Nugan

March 05, 1839, R. D. Montague, Clerk

Anderson Nugan was 26 years old, 5’6" tall, with a "bright" complexion, and had a small scar on the forefinger of his left hand. He was born a free man.

Dorman Brown

October 07, 1839, R. D. Montague, Clerk

Dorman Brown was 30 years old, 5’10" tall, had a dark complexion, and he had no marks or scars. He was born free and noted to be a person of orderly conduct. His state was renewed on September 07, 1846 at age 37 and he had a small scar on his left had at this point. Brown was going bald and married to Margaret Brown.

Bill alias Billy Moon

November 04, 1839, R. D. Montague, Clerk

Billy Moon was 52 years old, 5’10" tall, yellow complected, had no scars or marks, had short reddish hair, and possessed a high forehead. He was emancipated by deed from Jacob Price on September 30, 1837 and it was recorded on December 04, 1837.

Granville

November 04, 1839, R. D. Montague, Clerk

Granville was 45 years old and 5’9" tall. He had a yellow complexion, bushy hair, a mole on his nose, a crooked forefinger on the left hand, a scar on the nail of his little finger of his left hand, and a one in his right leg was broken above the ankle. He was emancipated by deed from Elijah McClanahan in Boutetourt County on June 10, 1834 and this was then recorded in Montgomery County.

Hercules Marrs

September 08, 1840

Hercules Marrs was 30 years old and 5’11’ tall. He was yellow complected and had a scar on his left hand. He was born of free parents and produced a court register which was made in Franklin County.

Hercules Mars in Coutetourt County census of 1830; an Abram Marrs recorded on September 01, 1807 (COB 16/45); D.U. 115-1850; D.U. 817, Shellville-1860 Census; Peppers Ferry P.O.-1867 Census.

Samuel Campbell

April 05, 1841

Samuel Campbell was 47 years old and 5’6-1/2" tall. He was a black man, had a scar on the edge of his hair on the left side of his forehead, a high forehead, and his right thigh was broken, which made him lame. He was emancipated by the last will and testament of Mary Tease on May 30, 1806 in the County of Bedford (COB 29/201). He was registered in Bedford County on November 24, 1823 at the age of 29, and in the D.U. 78 (Rice D. Montague) in the 1860 Census.

Lewis Raiford

September 06, 1847

He was 25 years old and 5’7" tall. He was the son of Betsey Raiford who was a free black woman. Raiford had a yellow complexion and had small scars on the lower joint of his little finger on his right hand and another on his right leg.

Malinda Russel

August 06, 1844

Malinda Russel was 25 years old and stood 5’3" tall. She was a dark mulatto who had dark curly hair and a scar over her left eye. She was registered in the County Court of Washington, Tennessee in 1843 and produced her register in the Montgomery County Court.

Matilda Hunt. Jr.

July 07, 1834

Matilda Hunt, Jr. was 30 years old and about 5’2" tall. She was a "bright" mulatto with a scar on her left arm below the elbow from a burn. She was born free (COB 30/305).

Gabriel

October 06, 1845

Gabriel was 47 years old and 5’10" tall. He had a dark complexion, was large and stout with grey whiskers, and had a scar on each hand near his thumb. He was emancipated by a deed of Charles Taylor on May 29, 1837 and Polly Taylor on September 01, 1845.

Frank

October 06, 1845

He was 40 years old and 5’8" tall. He was dark complected, tolerably large, and had small lumps in his breast produced by a blister. He was emancipated by a deed of Charles Taylor on May 29, 1837 and Polly Taylor on September 01, 1845.

Gilbert

October 06, 1845

Gilbert was 31 years old and 5’5-1/2" tall. He had a black complexion and a small scar on the middle finger of his left hand. He was emancipated by a deed of Charles Taylor on May 29, 1837 and Polly Taylor on September 01, 1845.

Joseph

October 6, 1845

Joseph was 20 years old and 6’. He is of black complexion, stout made, and has scars on each of his legs. He is the son of Sarah, #36 (WB 7/273)He was emancipated by deeds of Charles Taylor, May 29, 1837 and by Polly Taylor on September 1, 1845 (WB 7/273).

Sarah

October 6, 1845

She was 56 years old and 5’1". She is of dark complexion, stout made, and has a small scar on left arm. She is the mother of Jane, #42; Joe, #35. Emancipated by deed of Charles Taylor, May 29, 1837, and by Polly Taylor on September 1, 1845 (WB 7/273)

Mary

October 6, 1845

She was 31 years old and 5’1". She is of dark complexion with no scars or marks. She is the mother of John, #41; Sally #38. She was emancipated by deeds of Charles Taylor, May 29, 1837, and by Polly Taylor, September 1, 1845 (WB 7/273)

Sally

October 6, 1845

Born May, 6, 1840. She was of yellow complexion with no scars or marks. She was the daughter of Mary who was emancipated by deed of Polly Taylor dated September 1, 1845 (WB 7/273)

Joel Peppers

October 6, 1845

Born April 7, 1841. He was the son of Mary who was emancipated by deed of Polly Taylor dated September 1, 1845 (WB 7/273)

Margaret Jane

October 6, 1845

Born September 20, 1842. She was the daughter of Mary, who was emancipated by deed of Polly Taylor dated September 1, 1845 (WB 7/273). She has a dark yellow complexion and no scars or marks.

John alias John Rush Petuman

October 5, 1845

Born October 24, 1844. He had a dark yellow complexion. Emancipated by Polly Taylor by deed, dated September 1, 1845. He was the son of Mary, #37 (WB 7/273)

Jane

October 6, 1845

Born June 6, 1823 and was 4’10". She had a dark complexion, no marks or scars, and was under common size. She was the daughter of Sarah, #36 (WB 7/273). She was emancipated by deed of Charles Taylor dated October 29, 1837, and by Polly Taylor on September 1, 1845 (WB 7/273)

Andrew Lewis

October 6, 1845

Born January 16, 1844. She was of yellow complexion with no scars or marks. He was emancipated by Polly Taylor by deed dated September 1, 1845, son of Jane #42 (WB 7/273)

Solomon Williams

April 6, 1846

He was 45 years old and 5’7-1/2". He was of black complexion, has large eyes, thick lips, prominent mouth, and scars over left eye and inside of left ankle near the bone. Father of Granville Williams, #91 (COB 31/91). Registered in Henry County 29 years old, light complexion (COB 30/414)

Ladama Vineyard

June 1, 1846, Court of Quarterly Session

21 years of age on April 1, 1846, 5’6". Has bright complexion and scar over the right eye just below the edge of the hair. Born Free. Bound by the overseer of the poor to John R. Guerrant and served out her apprenticeship.

Margaret Brown

August 3, 1846

She was 24 years old and 5’2-1/2". A free woman born of a white woman (COB 31/10). She had a bright complexion, no marks or scars and (stout made). She was the wife of Dorman Brown, (#24)

Sam

September 7, 1846

Sam was born on April 6, 1830 and was 5’10" tall. He was a dark copper colour, short hair a high forehead and no scars or marks. Emancipated by deed of Charles Taylor on May 29, 1937, and Polly Taylor dated September 5, 1846 (WB 7/333). He was the son of Phillis (WB 7/273).

John

September 7, 1846

John was born on July 5, 1831 and was 5’11" tall. He had a dark complexion with small scars on the back of his left hand and on his forehead. He was the son of Phillis (WB 7/273) Emancipated by deed of Charles Taylor, May 29, 1837 (WB 7/273), and deed of Polly Taylor dated September 5, 1846 (WB 7/273).

Juliet alias Juliet Taylor

September 7, 1846

She was born on January 8, 1833 and was 5’4" tall. He was dark copper colour with a large scar on his left hand near the lower joint of the thumb. Emancipated by a deed of Charles Taylor on May 29, 1837 (WB 7/273) and deed of Polly Taylor on September 5, 1846 (WB 7/333). She was the child of Phillis (WB 7/273).

Stuart alias Stuart Crockett

September 7, 1846

He was born on November 16, 1835. He was 5’8" tall with dark complexion and a small scar in the corner of his left eye. Emancipated by Charles Taylor on May 29, 1837 (WB 7/273), and by deed of Polly Taylor on September 5, 1846 (WB 7/333). Stuart was the son of Phillis (WB 7/273).

Rhoda

September 7, 1846

Rhoda was born May ? 1838, and was 4’0" tall. She had a dark complexion with small scar on her left cheek. Her was inclined to be red. Emancipated by deed of Polly Taylor dated September 5, 1846 (WB 7/333).

Mary

September 7, 1846

She was born on October 10, 1840 and was of dark colour with no scars or marks. She was 3’10" tall. Emancipated by deed of Polly Taylor dated September 5, 1846 (WB 7/333).

Amanda

September 7, 1846

She was born October 10, 1840 and was 3’10" tall (same as Mary). Amanda had a dark complexion with a small black mark or spot behind her left ear. Emancipated by deed of Polly Taylor dated September 5, 1846 (WB 7/333).

Solomon

September 7, 1846

Solomon was 53 years old and 5’5" tall. Emancipated by deed of Charles Taylor dated May 29, 1837, and by deed of Polly Taylor on Sept 1, 1845 (WB 7/273). He was black with several scars on his breast, a scar above his left eye (thick lips, under lip projecting) and a large scar on his left leg.

James alias James Niece

October 5, 1846

James was 44 years old and 5’8-1/2". He was of bright complexion with a scar on his right temple with large whiskers and one of his front teeth was out (COB 31/22). Emancipated by a deed of Mary Wade dated October 5, 1846 (WB 7/341). See also #89, James Nease.

Anthony alias Anthony Liggon

February 1, 1847

Anthony was 66 years old with a bright complexion a scar on his forefinger of his right hand and several of his front teeth were out. He was also 5’8" tall. Emancipated by deed of Samuel Barnett on February 1, 1847 (WB 7/377), (COB 31/40).

Josiah Day *

February 26, 1847, R.D. Montague, Clerk

Josiah was born July 4, 1823 and was 5’6" tall in his boots. Registered in Pittsylvania County as a free man of colour (#405, December 17, 1846). On December 17, 1846 he was entered as having brown complexion, 23 years of age. He had a scar on his left hand opposite of his little finger and no other apparent mark or scar. Certified December 22, 1846 by William H. Tunstall Clerk of the County Court of Pittsylvania; 1866 Marriage Register, m. Charlotta Gilbert; Snowville P.O. – 1867.

*As numbered in the original Register, #56 was repeated.

Abram Melville

December 6, 1847

Abram was 37 years old and 5’6-1/2" tall. He had black complexion with large whiskers and a scar on the back of his left hand and on his left arm. Emancipated by deed of Dorotha Bratton dated December 6, 1847 (DB 7/391). In James Bratton Will of October 26, 1813, Proved February Court 1814 (WB 2/181).

James Campbell

December 6, 1846

James was 14 years old and 5’4" tall. He was copper colour with a large scar on his right wrist and one on his nose between his eyes. Emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton, December 6, 1847 (DB 7/391)

Fleming Melville

December 6, 1847

Fleming was 14 years old and 5’4" tall. Fleming was of bright complexion with a scar on his forefinger on his left hand. Emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton, dated December 6, 1847 ( DB 7/391).

Henry Stewart

December 06, 1847

Henry Stewart was 14 years old and 4’11-1/2" tall with a black complexion scar on the inside of his left thumb, a large mouth, and big white eyes. He was emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton on December 06, 1847 (DB 7/391).

Rosabella Melville

December 06, 1847

Rosa Melville was 18 years old and 4’11-1/2" tall with a "bright" complexion, large hair, a small scar on her neck, and a small mole on her left cheek. She was emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton on December 06, 1847 (DB 7/391).

Elmira Campbell

December 06, 1847

Elmira was 23 years old and 5’4" tall. She had a light brown complexion and scars on the right side of her breast and on her right arm. She was emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton on December 06, 1847 (DB 7/391).

Emily Campbell

December 06, 1847

Emily was 26 years old and 5’3-1/2" tall with a brown complexion and small round scars on her left arm and forehead. She was emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton on December 06, 1847 (DB 7/391).

Louisa Johnston

December 06, 1847

Louisa Johnston was 28 years old and stood 5’4-1/2" tall. She was black complicated, had a large mouth, and possessed a scar on her chin. She was emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton on December 06, 1847 (DB 7/391).

Milly Melville

December 06, 1847

Milly was 50 years old and 5’0" tall. She was black and had a small scar on the right side of her nose and another on her right thumb. She was emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton on December 06, 1847 (DB 7/391).

Cyrus Melville

December 06, 1847

Cyrus was 70 years old and stood about 5’4" tall. He was black, had very grey hair, and was diseased in the right leg. He was emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton on December 06, 1847 (DB 7/391).

Emaline Johnston

December 06, 1847

She was 9 years old and 4’6" tall with a dark skin color and a scar on her upper lip. She was emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton on December 06, 1847 (DB 7/391).

Erasmus Melville

December 06, 1847

Erasmus was 13 years old and 4’9" tall with a dark complexion and bushy hair. He was emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton on December 06, 1847 (DB 7/391).

Gary Bratton

December 06, 1847

Gary was 11 years old and 4’4-1/2" in height. He had a black complexion and a scar on the left side of his face. He was emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton on December 06, 1847 (DB 7/391).

Howell Melville

December 06, 1847

Howell was 11 years old and 4’4-1/2" tall with a "bright" complexion, bushy hair, and a flat nose. He was emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton on December 06, 1847 (DB 7/391).

Daniel Mitchell

December 06, 1847

Daniel Mitchell was 9 years old and 3’0" tall with a dark complexion and two scars on his forehead. He was emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton on December 06, 1847 (DB 7/391).

Charles Mitchell

December 06, 1847

Charles Mitchell was 6 years old and 3’4" tall with a black complexion and a long scar on the right side of his neck. He was emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton on December 06, 1847 (DB 7/391).

Mary Johnson

December 06, 1847

Mary was 7 years old and 4’0" tall. She was black complicated and had a small scar on her forehead. She was emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton on December 06, 1847 (DB 7/391).

Ruben Uriah

December 06, 1847

Rubin was 4 years old and 3’3-1/2" in height with a dark complexion. He was emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton on December 06, 1847 (DB 7/391).

Matilda V. Mitchell

December 06, 1847

Matilda was seven months old, had a very "bright" complexion, and was the daughter of Emily Campbell. She was emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton on December 06, 1847 (DB 7/391).

James Cary Fleming

December 06, 1847

James was 6 months old and had a dark complexion. He was emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton on December 06, 1847 (DB 7/391).

Eliza Agnes Jones

December 06, 1847

She was 2 years old and had a dark complexion. She was emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton on December 06, 1847 (DB 7/391).

Edmund

September 05, 1847

Edmund was 50 years old and 5’3" tall with a black complexion. He had a scar on the edge of his hairline on the left side of his forehead, and the little finger of his right hand was cut off at the first joint with a small amount of nail remaining. He was emancipated by deed from Mrs. Dorotha Bratton on August 06, 1848 (DB 7/479).

Sam

October 02, 1848

Sam was 39 years old and 5’4-3/4" in height with a dark complexion and a scar on his left wrist. He was emancipated by Mary Wade on October 02, 1848 (WB 8/1).

King alias King James

June 04, 1850

King was 53 years old and 5’6" in height. He had a black complexion, was stout, had a black scar on his left shin, a wen on his right side, a scar on his breast, and some black moles under his right eye. King was emancipated by the last will and testament of Philip Kinser on June 16, 1848 and this was prvd. on November 05, 1849. He had his registration certified on June 04, 1850 and he re-registered as no. 111 on November 01, 1858.

Oceann Chapman

July 05, 1852

Oceann Chapman was 21 years old and 5’6" tall. She had black skin color, crooked little fingers, and was missing a small section out of the lower part of her right ear. Oceann was born free in Christiansburg and was the daughter of Ann Hunt. (COB 31/454).

Elizabeth Spotts alias Eliza

December 06, 1852

Eliza was 18 years old and 5’1-1/2" in height. She had a very dark complexion. Eliza was the daughter of Adeline who was emancipated by deed from Charles Taylor, deceased, dated May 29, 1837 (WB 7/273).

Thomas Spots

December 6, 1852

He was 14 years old and 4’11". He was very black with no marks or scars. Thomas was the son of Adeline, who was emancipated by deed dated May 29, 1837, from Charles Taylor, deceased (WB 7/273)

Caroline Campbell

July 4, 1853

She was 49 years old and 4’11". Caroline was a bright mulatto with no scars and her little finger of the left hand cut off. She was born free in Montgomery County and daughter of Hannah Campbell, a free woman (COB 32/98). Head of household -1840 census, D.U. 3-1850 census, D.U. 18, Christiansburg-1860 census, Christiansburg-1867 census.

Sarah Jane Campbell

July 4, 1853

She was 19 years old and 5’2". Sarah was a bright mulatto with no scars or marks but had a small mole on left side of mouth. She was born free and was the daughter of Caroline Campbell, a free woman, (COB 32/98). Renewed register June 3, 1861 at 27 years of age (COB 1859-1861), D.U. #18- 1860 census.

John Campbell

July 4, 1853

He was 22 years old and was 5’11". John was a bright mulatto with no scars or marks. Both of his middle fingers had no middle joints. He also had a small mole under the chin. He was born free to Elmira (Ellen) Campbell, a free woman (COB 31/99). Renewed register at November 3, 1857 Court at 26 years of age; binding entries to Floyd Chrisman, John Lucass, and Adam Wall (COB 30/298 and 31/182) D.U. #871-1850 census.

Isaac Lester

February 6, 1854

He was 23 years old and 5’9". Isaac is of black complexion, has a large mouth, flat nose, and a scar on the left arm about 5"-6" above the elbow. He was born free. Renewed register at October 4, 1858 Court, at 27 years old, 5’9-1/2", no other scars or marks.

James Nease

February 5, 1855

He was 22 years old and 5’8". James was a bright mulatto with no scars or marks. He was born free. Christiansburg - 1867 census; see also James Niece, No. 55 in register.

Anderson Duke

February 5, 1855

He was 39 years old and 5’5". Anderson was a bright mulatto with a scar on the back of the left forefinger where it joins the hand, and 2 small scars upon the forehand near the hair. He was born free and registered as a free man in the Hustings Court of Staunton in August 1849 when he was 33 years of age. Renewed by clerk, September 2, 1861.

Granville Williams

May 7, 1855

He was 21 years old and 5’5". Granville was very black and had a large scar on the left side of his face occasioned by a burn. There is satisfactory evidence that he was born free (COB 32/334). Indentures to Floyd Smith , 1847 (COB 31/91), transferred to George Keister in 1851 (COB 31/359); D.U. 33 - 1850 census.

Floyd Dobbins

August 6, 1855

He was 21 years of age and was 5’9". Floyd is a very bright mulatto, has a scar on right arm below the elbow, one on his left wrist about 1 ½" long, one large one on the inside of the little finger of left hand. All were occasioned by cuts. He was born free in Montgomery County (COB 32/374). July 2, 1838 (COB 21/167), bound to Christopher Willis; possibly the son of John Dobbins; D.U. 488 - 1860 census, Childress Store, as Floyd Wilson. 1866 Marriage register , m. Lurana Phillips. 1867 census - Snowville post office.

Ann Hunt

August 7, 1855

She was 47 years old and 5’5". Ann was very black and had a large triangular scar above the left eye, and small one on the left side of her nose. All were occasioned by cuts (COB 32/379). There is satisfactory evidence that she was born free in Montgomery County.

Spencer Bright

November 6, 1855

He was 41 years old and 5’9". Spencer was very black, had a large flat nose, a scar on the little finger of his left hand, small scar over right eye, was of large stature, and his ring finger of left hand was broken. He was emancipated by deed of Mary Wade, November 5, 1855, recorded same day (WB 8/646). Reregistered as #127 on August 3, 1863 (last entry in register). 1867 census - Christiansburg P.O.

Thomas Key

December 3, 1855

He was 38 years old and was 5’8". Thomas was of black complexion, stout made, and had a small scar in the left eyebrow. He was also a free man of color. Registered in Lunenburg County, copy delivered to Cephus Shelburne lost or mislaid. D.U. 667, Childress Store - 1860 census. 1866 marriage register. 1667 census - Christiansburg P.O.

William Thomas Key

December 3, 1855

He was 9 years old and was 4’1/2". William was of black complexion with no scars or marks. He was the son of Thomas and Martha Ann Key, free born in Lunenburg County.

Rhodda Liggon

March 2, 1857

50 years old and 5’4". She was very black with a scar on the left elbow. She was free born to satisfaction of the court. Freed with mother , Sarah, by Robert Shanklin (WB 1/267 April 4, 1806); Rhodda’s children – Washington, Catherine and Ann Ligon – bound to Joseph King, March 7, 1836 (COB 26/289). D.U. 217, Allegheny Springs - 1860 census.

Agnes Liggon

March 02, 1857

Agnes Liggon was 21 years old and 5’5" tall with very black skin and a scar on the left arm halfway between the wrist and elbow. She was born free and the daughter of Rhodda Liggon.

Martha Shaver alias Chavis

June 02, 1857

Martha Shaver was 25 years old and 5’1" in height. She had a dark complexion and a large goiter on her neck. She was a free person and produced satisfactory evidence to the Court. DU 63 in Christiansburg in the 1860 Census.

Mary Shaver alias Chavis

June 02, 1857

Mary Shaver was 23 years old and 5’5-1/2" in height. She was dark complected and had two small black moles on her forehead. She provided satisfactory evidence to the court that she was a free person. She was in the DU in Christiansburg in the 1860 Census and the P.O. in the 1867 Census.

Catherine Shaver alias Chavis

June 02, 1857

Catherine was 17 years old and 4’11" in height. She was a dark mulatto with a mark on her right cheek. She produced satisfactory evidence to the Court that she was free and her situation was copied on June 11, 1861.

Elizabeth Shaver

August 03, 1857

Elizabeth Shaver was 25 years old and 5’6" tall. She was a very "bright" mulatto with a scar on the right side of her neck. She was born free and provided satisfactory evidence to the court to prove her situation. Elizabeth was the wife of Thomas Shaver and listed in the DU 747 of Lovely Mount in the 1860 Census record.

Andrew Young

August 03, 1857

Andrew Young was 22 years old and 5’9" tall. He was a bright mulatto with a large scar on his right ankle and another on the shin of his left leg. He was born free and according to the 1866 Blacksburg Marriage Register wed to Elisa Hendrick. He was in the Blacksburg PO for the 1860 Census.

Robert Payne

February 01, 1858

Robert Payne was 31 years old and 5’8-1/2" in height. He had a broken little finger on his left hand which was enlarged at his second joint and stiff, a broken and stiff ring finger on his left hand, and a scar on his right forefinger knuckle. He was the son of Sally Cato to whom he was born a free mulatto in Amherst County on July 31, 1826. He was registered in Amherst County on May 15, 1832 as number 66 in the DU 1319. Robert was listed in the Montgomery Spring records in 1860 and the Christiansburg PO in 1867. He married Delcie Flagens.

Nelson Jackson

March 01, 1858

Nelson was 26-27 years old and 5’7-1/2" tall with mulatto complexion. He produced a register from Charlotte County to the court stating he was free as of December 06, 1852. He was also listed in the Allegheny Spring Census of 1867.

James Mars

September 05, 1858

James was 22 years old and 5’11" in height. He was a dark mulatto with a scar on his left hand near his wrist. Mars was born free and the son of Hercules Marrs. There was a new copy of his Register furnished by the Order of the Court on June 03, 1861.

Elsey Ann Mars

September 06, 1858

Elsey was 25 years old and 5’8" tall. She was a dark mulatto with a scar on her left cheek bone. She was born free and the daughter of Hercules Mars.

Charles Mars

October 04, 1858

Charles was 21 years old and 5’7" tall. His complexion was dark copper colored, the second toe on his right foot had been cut off at the joint, his right thigh had been broken, he had a scar on his left hand near his thumb, and another one on his left arm above his wrist. He was born free in Montgomery County to Hercules Mars. In 1851 (COB 29/202) he was indentured to Adam Fisher. In the 1850 Census he was found in the DU 115 and in 1867 he was listed in Peppers Ferry.

Mary Jane Mars

October 04, 1858

Mary Jane Mars was 22 years old, 5’5-3/4" tall, had a yellow complexion, possessed a small scar on her forehead, and had a burn scar on her right arm. She was born free in Montgomery County to Hercules Mars, and on May 30, 1867 she was married to a North Carolina Laborer named Jacob Armstrong, age 48, in Giles County. She was found in the DU 115 in the 1850 Census and the DU 1363 for the 1860 Census in Christiansburg.

King James

November 01, 1858

King James was 61 years old and 5’6" tall. He had a black complexion, stout build, scar on his left leg, wen on his right side, a scar on his breast, and some black moles under his right eye. He was emancipated by the last will and testament of Philip Kinser, deceased, on June 16, 1848 according to the Will Book 8, page 69. There was a register renewal in the minutes of the Court and the initial register in the Court was on June 04, 1850 and in the DU 152 of 1850 Census.

Lucy Mellville

October 03, 1859

Lucy Mellville 34 years old and 5’2" tall. She was a very dark mulatto. Lucy was emancipated on October 03, 1859 by Mary Wade and had NO PERMISSION TO REMAIN IN THE STATE (emphasis by editor).

Mary R. Mellville

October 03, 1859

Mary was 15 years old and 4’9-1/2" in height. She had a black complexion. Mary was the daughter of Lucy Mellville, # 112. She was emancipated on October 03, 1859 by Mary Wade, and had NO PERMISSION TO REMAIN IN THE STATE (emphasis by editor).

Joseph Mellville

October 3, 1859

He was 13 years old and 4’10-3/4". Joseph was black with a cut on the forefinger of the left hand near the nail. He was the son of Lucy Melville, #112 (WB 9/276). He was emancipated on October 03, 1859 by Mary Wade and had NO PERMISSION TO REMAIN IN THE STATE (emphasis by editor).

Robert Melville

October 3, 1859

He was 11 years old and 4’-3/4". Robert was black with a mole on the nose between the eyes and a small scar on the forehand. He was the son of Lucy Mellville, #112 (WB 9/276). He was emancipated on October 03, 1859 by Mary Wade and had NO PERMISSION TO REMAIN IN THE STATE (emphasis by editor).

Rosabell Mellville

October 3, 1859

She was 9 years old and 3’7". Rosabell was black with no visible scars or marks. She was the daughter of Lucy Mellville, #112 (WB 9/276). She was emancipated on October 03, 1859 by Mary Wade and had NO PERMISSION TO REMAIN IN THE STATE (emphasis by editor).

Richard S. Mellville

October 3, 1859. He was 7 years old and 3’5". Richard was emancipated on October 03, 1859 by Mary Wade and had NO PERMISSION TO REMAIN IN THE STATE (emphasis by editor).

Henry S. Mellville

October 3, 1859

Henry was 4 years old and 2’10". He was black with no visible scars or marks. He was the son of Lucy Mellville, #112 (WB 9/276). Henry was emancipated on October 03, 1859 by Mary Wade and had NO PERMISSION TO REMAIN IN THE STATE (emphasis by editor).

Ellen Melville

October 3, 1859

She was 2 years old and 2’5". Ellen was a dark mulatto and had a bald spot on the right side of her head. She was the daughter of Lucy Mellville, #112 (WB 9/276). She was emancipated on October 03, 1859 by Mary Wade and had NO PERMISSION TO REMAIN IN THE STATE (emphasis by editor).

Sarah Liggon

October 3, 1859

She was 37 years old and 5’3". Sarah was black and had a mole on the right corner of the mouth with no other visible marks or scars. She was born free to satisfaction of the court (COB November 7, 1859). D.U. 217 - 1860 census, Alleghany Springs (Sarah Griffin). 1860m marriage register (Legans). 1867 census (Griffin), Christiansburg P.O.

Albert Frazier

March 5, 1860

He was 21 years old and 5’9". Albert was a dark mulatto with no visible marks or scars. He was born free (COB March 5, 1860). D.U. 548 - 1850 census.

Frank Humbles

April 2, 1860

He was 33 years old and 5’8-1/2". Frank was a dark mulatto, had bushy hair, and a scar on the inside of the left arm. Frank was registered as a free man before county court of Rockbridge County , January 1856 (COB April 12, 1860). D.U. 1319, Montgomery Springs, 1860 census.

James Campbell

June 3, 1861

He was 22 years old and 5’6". James was of dark complexion with no marks or scars. He was the son of Caroline Campbell, a free woman (COB June 3, 1861). M. Charity W.A. Ryan, November 3, 1866. D.U. 3 - 1850 census. D.U. 18, Christiansburg, 1860 census

Robinett Campbell

June 3, 1861

19 years old and 5’3". Very bright mulatto, slender made, large scar on left side of neck, produced by scrofula. Free born, daughter of Elmira (a.k.a. Ellen [Ed.]) Campbell, a free woman of color (COB June 3, 1861). D.U. 3 - 1850 census. D.U. 4, Christiansburg - 1860 census. 1867 census , Christiansburg P.O.

Isaac Truslow

October 1, 1860

He was 29 years old and 5’11". He was a mulatto with three scars on left arm near the wrist. Isaac was born free.

Joshua Lawrence

October 6, 1862

He was 29 years old and 5’8". He was a dark mulatto with a scar between the eyes (nearest to and rather above the left eye) and a scar on the right thigh. There was satisfactory evidence produced to court that he was free born (COB October 6, 1862). Joshua was murdered on July 26, 1864 by Vincent Ferguson (COB August 1, 1864; circuit court order book 4, p. 393, September 12, 1864). D.U. 292 - 1850 census.

Spencer Bright

August 3, 1863. He was 49 years old and 5’9". Spencer was black, was of large stature, had scar on little finger of left hand, ring finger of same hand was broken, and he had a small scar over right eye. He was emancipated by Mary Wade on November 5, 1855 and recorded the same day (WB 8/646; COB August 3, 1863).

Additional Registration in Court Order Book (COB) of 1859 -1868 in Montgomery County Clerk’s Office (as Originally Recorded)

 

Susan Lustra

October 1, 1860

She was 33 years old and 5’3". Susan was a bright mulatto and had a scar on the left side of forehand near the edge of hair and a cut on right arm near elbow. She was emancipated by Mary Wade on October 1, 1860, and recorded on the same day. She has no permission to remain in the state.

John Vaughn

October 1, 1860

He was 13 years old and was 5’3". John was black with no visible scars or marks. He was the son of Susan Luster. He was emancipated by Mary Wade on October 1, 1860 and recorded on the same day.

William Dick Vaughn

October 1, 1860

William was 9 years old and was 4’6". He was a dark mulatto with no visible marks or scars. He was the son of Susan Luster. William was emancipated by Mary Wade on October 1, 1860 and recorded the same day.

Madison Beverly

September 2, 1861

He was 49 years old and 5’8". Madison was a bright mulatto. He had a front tooth out but no other marks to distinguish him. He was born free, proved to satisfaction of the court. Registered in Boutetourt County as a free man of color (no date stated). D.U. 1544, Blacksburg - 1860 census. 1866 marriage register. Christiansburg P.O. - 1867 census.

Rasmus Beverly

September 2, 1861. Was 21 years old and 5’7". Light mulatto with no scars or marks. One of six children of Mattison (Madison) Beverly in the 1866 marriage register. Free born, produced satisfactory evidence to the court.