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QUESTION: WAS IT COMMON FOR SLAVE HOLDERS IN SW VIRGINIA TO BE ON THE BIRTH RECORDS ?
  • MarkAHogan February 2012
    Noticed in Russell County, Viriginia (1810-1864) that white land owners often wrote their names as the fathers for enslaved children born to enslaved women. Was this common practice across Virginia, or unique to SW Virginia?
  • wilsonca2611 February 2012
    I was able to identify 3 slave owners of my famity thru birth records taken between 1853 and 1859. And the answer is yes.
  • shasan504 February 2012
    Yes, this is very common. On most birth records from the slave period it will say father/owner. Slaves were property.
  • BettyDahlstedt November 2013
    And often the slave owner or one of his sons were the father.

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