Norfolk County Virginia Indian Certificates

From 1833-1850, Norfolk County, Virginia granted certificates to “the descendants of indians and other persons of mixed blood, who are not free negroes or mulattoes, in like manner as certificates of freedom are granted to free negroes and mulattoes, which certificates shall exempt such persons from the penalties in force against free negroes and mulattoes.”

“The Court doth certify upon satisfactory evidence of white persons produced before it, that Asa Price, Wright Perkins, Nathan Perkins, Priscilla Perkins, Nelson Bass, Willis Bass, Andrew Bass, William Bass son of William Bass, Joseph Newton, and Henry Newton, & Allen Newton, Polly Newton, Sally Newton, & Hester Newton are not free-Negroes or Mulattoes, but are of Indian descent and that each of them have a certificate separately thereof and also a certif.: from the Clerk of a description of their persons embracing their ages, height, complexion, marks or scars.”

Minute Book 24, pp.27-28. Quarterly Superior Court of Norfolk County. July 15,1833

“The Court doth certify upon satisfactory evidence of white persons produced before it that Andrew Bass and Lavinia his wife, Elizabeth Bass wife of William Bass son of William Bass, Jemima Bass, Sr., Peggy Bass, Jemima Bass, Jr., Elizabeth Lidwin, Mary Anderson, Priscilla Flury, Jerusha Bass the wife of William Bass son of Willis, Frances, the wife of James Newton, Lucy Trummel wife of William Trumel, Andrew Bass, Jr., Patsy Bass, William Newton, Betsy Weaver, Nancy Weaver, and Sally Weaver, that they are not Free Negroes or Mulattoes, but of Indian descent and that they have a certificate thereof.

Minute Book 24, Quarterly Superior Court of Norfolk County, pp. 43-44: July 20, 1833

Hat tip to James Nickens for this information

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About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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One Response to Norfolk County Virginia Indian Certificates

  1. Bonnie Jane Magee (FT DNA/23andMe Profile name B. Jane Smith, Smith is married name). says:

    Interesting, very useful information – many thanks!

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