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Bigler-Sessler-John Family Papers,

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-1993-011
Abstract

The collection contains correspondence, legal documents, and accounting receipts and records relating to the Bigler, Sessler, and John families of southwest Virginia.

Dates: 1752 - 1924

Joseph Coats, Jr., Reward Announcement,

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2013-031
Abstract

The collection consists of a handwritten announcement regarding an enslaved person that ran away from the Cuckooville neighborhood of Louisa County, Virginia. Dated August 3, 1840, this letter describes in detail -- including physical characteristics and temperament -- the escaped 18-year-old named Sam. The author of this document, Joseph Coats Jr., presumably Sam's enslaver, offers a ten dollar reward for his capture.

Dates: 1840 - 1840

Robert Crockett Property Assessment,

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-1988-076
Abstract

Document listing the land and enslaved persons held by Robert Crockett of Wythe County, Virginia.

Dates: 1815

Robert Edmiston Inventory

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-1988-077
Abstract

Document assessing the value of lands and enslaved persons held by Robert Edmiston, of Washington County, Virginia.

Dates: 1815

Jeremiah W. Graves Collection,

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2012-084
Abstract The Jeremiah W. Graves Collection includes a cash book, correspondence, receipts and ledger pages, newspaper clippings, and genealogy materials relating to the personal and business activities of Captain Jeremiah White Graves (1801-1878), a farmer, financial advisor, real estate broker, and enslaver of people in Cedar Hill, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.Genealogical materials in the collection relate to the histories for branches of the Graves, Whitehead, Hunt, and Jones...
Dates: 1836 - 1869

Jacob Sherman Legal Documents

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2019-027
Abstract

The Jacob Sherman Legal Documents contain a complaint of Jacob Sherman and the testimony of Burgess R. Linkous regarding the sale of an enslaved person in Western Virginia in 1858.

Dates: 1858

Virginia Central Railroad Company Rental Receipt,

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2015-043
Abstract

This collection contains a rental receipt for the labor of Isaac, an enslaved man. The receipt was issued by the Virginia Central Railroad Company in 1855 to Mrs. Elisabeth S. Lindsay and promises a payment of $175 to Lindsay after the one year rental period ends.

Dates: 1855 - 1857

Virginia General Assembly Bill No. 233,

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2015-022
Abstract

Virginia General Assembly Bill No. 233 contains several amended versions of Bill No. 233. Each of the bills lists the rights and privileges given to free African-Americans living with in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The bill also discusses the process by which a free person can be sold into slavery if they have been convicted of a crime.

Dates: c. 1859-1861

Virginia Receipts for Enslaved Persons

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2022-038
Abstract

This collection contains nineteenth century financial documents, including tax records for various Virginia residents. Also included are several hand-written receipts mentioning the sale or labor of enslaved people, including a Black child named Peter and a Black man named Bob.

Dates: 1823 - 1865

Barbara Wilson Deed of Emancipation Document

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2022-077
Abstract

This collection contains a deed of emancipation signed by Barbara Wilson of Bath County, Virginia, freeing Harry, an enslaved man.

Dates: 1822