Category Archives: Slaves

Freedom Suits in Virginia

The current exhibit at the Library of Virginia, “You have no Right:  Law and Justice in Virginia”  delves into the issue of Indian slavery in Virginia, both legal and illegal.  Many Native people were wrongfully enslaved.  They and their descendants … Continue reading

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The Dreaded “Middle East” Autosomal DNA Result

One of our blog followers, Ron, asked this question: “My late father and his brother were born and raised on Hatteras Island which was a very isolated community until relatively recent times. Curious about their genetic ancestry, I had my … Continue reading

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London Hazard, Revolutionary War Soldier

London Hazard was a slave.  Well, he was up until the Revolutionary War.  During the time of the Revolutionary War, a man could pay a substitute to serve in his place.  Most of the time, I’m not thinking that there is … Continue reading

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Who was Isaac Zane?

We found Isaac Zane mentioned in the  petition of the descendants of John Ward, a white man captured by the Indians as a youth and raised among them.  Isaac Zane was involved, but how and why?  We also discovered he … Continue reading

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Free People of Colour: Free Negroes, Indians, Portuguese and Freed Slaves by Mary B. Kegley

Every county should have a Mary Kegley.  Mary, an attorney, specializes in Wythe County, Va. records.  I love it when attorneys write books, because I know they are going to be well documented and sourced, and indeed, this one is no … Continue reading

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Tuscarora Sent to Barbados – 1690

After the Tuscarora War in 1711, many Native people were sold into slavery in the West Indies.  However, it occurred earlier as well.  In this 1690 entry, we see an example: Deposition of William Duckingfield: A Maherin Indian informed the Tuskaroo Indians … Continue reading

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