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Register of Free Blacks, Rockingham County, Virginia, 1807-1859, Dorothy A. Boyd-Rush


1 Register of Free Blacks, Rockingham County, Virginia, 1807-1859
Dorothy A. Boyd-Rush
(1992), 2009, 5x8, paper, index, 266 pp, Heritage Books
The Register of Free Blacks kept by the clerks of Rockingham County from 1807 to 1859 is one of the most conscientiously-kept records of the Commonwealth. Here, the register has been transcribed, providing researchers with a valuable data source. A typical entry contains the subject's name, date of registration, physical description and details of emancipation. While all free blacks were officially required to register every year in the cities and every three years in the counties, compliance with the law was generally lax, suggesting that "all those within at least the more rural communities of Virginia were not only known to each other but coexisted with relative harmony." Consequently, many free blacks never bothered to re-register or even to register at all. Therefore, warns the author, a Professor of History at James Madison University, the "presence or absence of an individual's name_is not conclusive proof of anything." Of the free blacks who did register in Rockingham County, most "claimed freedom by birth from free black or white mothers" (the status of a child was determined by the mother's status at the time of the child's birth). Of the rest, the majority were slaves emancipated by the last will and testament of their owners. A minority "but nevertheless significant number" of registered blacks secured their freedom by buying deeds of emancipation from their owners, sometimes for a nominal sum of money but other times up to his or her current market value as a slave. Since many of the wills of Rockingham County were destroyed in the Civil War, the references in the register are often the only clue to their existence, making this book a valuable tool even for those without black ancestors. A list of the wills that did survive is contained in the appendix. The everyname index will be a great aid to researchers.
B3658 
Price: 23.50 USD

 
Old Tenth Legion Marriages in Rockingham County, Virginia from 1778-1816 taken from the Marriage Bonds, Harry M. Strickler


2 Old Tenth Legion Marriages in Rockingham County, Virginia from 1778-1816 taken from the Marriage Bonds
Harry M. Strickler
(1928), 2008, 5x8, paper, 128 pp, Heritage Books
The portion of the Shenandoah Valley that Thomas Jefferson called the Tenth Legion of Democracy included the counties of Rockingham, Shenandoah and Page. This work is an alphabetized listing of the marriages taken from the marriage bonds found in the Clerk's office of Rockingham County, from 1778-1816, with a few names added from other sources.When looking at the listings, please note there is a guide to facilitate your interpretive efforts located in the Introduction. When looking at the listings, the column of figures on the left refers to the dates on which the bonds were issued. The name following the date belongs to the groom, next the bride, then the father of the bride, and the surety, who was usually the father, brother, other relative or friend of the bride and groom. The letter 'g' placed after a signature indicates that it was written in German. This work discusses the Act of 1705, which not only changed the manner of issuing the licenses and giving bond, it also set up the fees allowed to be charged. A list of the early ministers in Rockingham County, as determined by the marriage returns is included, along with facsimile reproductions of some German signatures in the original handwriting, and a short list of the 'Marriages of Free Negroes.'
S2202 
Price: 18.00 USD

 
 
Settlers by the Long Grey Trail: A Contribution to the History and Genealogy of Colonial Families of Rockingham County, Virginia. Some Pioneers to Old Augusta County, Virginia, and Their Descendants, of the Family of Harrison and Allied Lines, J. Houston Harrison


3 Settlers by the Long Grey Trail: A Contribution to the History and Genealogy of Colonial Families of Rockingham County, Virginia. Some Pioneers to Old Augusta County, Virginia, and Their Descendants, of the Family of Harrison and Allied Lines
J. Houston Harrison
(1935), 2008, paper, index, 712 pp, Heritage Books, Inc
The title of this work is taken from a poem describing the old Valley Turnpike, which cuts through the Shenandoah Valley. The pioneers followed it as an old Indian trail. According to tradition, it was first merely a beaten path of the buffalo. The author starts by sketching a general overview of the beginnings of the Valley settlements, focusing primarily on that part of Augusta County that was later formed into Rockingham. An account of the origin of many of the early Harrison families of Colonial times is included, and many English lines have been touched on. In tracing the Augusta or Rockingham families, the maternal lines have been handled as fully as the paternal ones. Among the lines traced (other than Harrisons) are: Bears, Bowmans, Browns, Byrds, Campbells, Conrads, Cravens, Davises, Davidsons, Deckers, Ewings, Gaines, Gordons, Hannas, Henkels, Hentons, Herrings, Hollingsworths, Hoppers, Houstons, Howards, Jordans, Keezells, Kennerlys, Koontzs, Lincolns, Logans, Mauzys, Monroes, Moores, Newmans, Otts, Pickerings, Prices, Smiths, Watsons, Williamses, Williamsons, Woodleys, Yanceys, and many more. Approximately 1,000 families and 2,000 names are covered. Roughly 7,200 names of individuals other than Harrison have been included. This work also contains examples of signatures and an original fullname index.
H1975 
Price: 51.00 USD

     


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