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Friday, December 7, 2012

Next FTF post is up: Slavery in the family

A wheat field in Virginia, taken by
photographer Dorothea Lange in
1936. Courtesy of the Library of Congress
Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.
My latest post from Family Tree Firsts is up, and you can read it here.

As I stated in the opening paragraph, when you are researching Virginia Colonial roots, there is a good chance you are going to come across slave listings.  I don’t have anything new to say, but I do want to share with you names on it.  Perhaps, someone out there can use this information in their research.

However, there is a term I don’t understand, and if you do, please let me know.  What does “Salve Vix” mean?  It is the heading for the listing of those James owned, and I have not had a lot of luck finding the definition of it.  I have found several references to “vix” in newspapers of the day, but nothing that would lead me to understanding the term.

The full inventory can be found at the Library of Virginia on microfilm reel 1 of the Powhatan County Deeds.  (Part of the index to Powhatan County Wills and Administrations (1777-1800), pages 375-377, Inv. & appr. rec. 20 Sept. 1797; Drake, James; Deed Book No. 2, 1792-1800 (reel 1))
 

Agreeable to an order of Powhatan Court which is hereunto assured we whose names are subscribed below being first sworn did appraise such of the estate of James Drake deceased as was shown to us Sept. 20th 1797
 



 
Slaves Vix
£
S
D
 
Shadrach
a man
100
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Morocco
Do
100
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George
Do
100
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Stephen
a Lad
90
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Charles
Do
95
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Margaret
a Child
20
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Pheba
a Woman
50
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Charlotte
Do
50
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Phillis
Do
90
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Maria
a Girl
30
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Harry
a Man
70
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~
Pat
a Woman Slave
50
~
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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing the names. My hope is to someday find lists with my family's names on them.

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    1. You are welcome. It is my intention to publish names anytime I find them. I have no names for the slaves that his son Tralton had in Kentucky. If I ever do, they will be posted on this blog.

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