Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History

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Virginia Free Negro Tax Records (Accomack County) (Library of Virginia African American Narratives project)

Censuses & Lists • 11,702 Records • Uploaded October 29, 2021 • Data Website: www.virginiamemory.com

Free Negro Tax Records include “Free Negro Tax Lists” and “Free Negro Delinquent Tax Lists.” In 1801, the Virginia Legislature passed an act requiring commissioners of the revenue to annually return a complete list of all free Black Virginians within their districts, with their names, sex, place of abode, and trades. Delinquent tax lists include names of free Black individuals returned delinquent and sometimes why they were returned, such as "no property," "removed," or "not found.”

This source (and description) was extracted from data provided under Creative Commons from the Library of Virginia’s VIRGINIA UNTOLD: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN NARRATIVE project. The Library’s African American Narrative project aims to provide greater accessibility to pre-1865 African American history and genealogy found in the rich primary sources in its holdings.

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  • First Name (free person) Indexed
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  • Gender
  • Age
  • Name of Spouse Indexed
  • Name of Children Indexed
  • Name of Parents Indexed
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