Stephen Flemming to Governor Francis F. Pierpont
African Americans, slavery, family
For decades after the Civil War African Americans searched for family members who had been separated by the domestic slave trade. In 1865 Stephen Flemming, who had been sold from Bowling Green, Virginia, to Louisiana about 1849, wrote Governor Pierpont in hopes of finding his wife and five children. Surviving documents to not disclose whether Flemming was able to make contact with his former family.
Executive Papers of Governor Francis F. Pierpont, 1865-1868, Accession 37024. State Government Records Collection, Library of Virginia.
May 21, 1865
Library of Virginia
Finding aid to Executive Papers of Governor Francis F. Pierpont.
15_0707_001 Fleming ltr 1865, 15_0707_001a Fleming ltr 1865, 15_0707_001b Fleming ltr 1865, Flemming to Pierpont_1865_transcription_15_0707_001-001b.pdf
Caroline County, Virginia; Louisiana