Jennie Brown, to Sheriff, Mecklenburg County, Virginia
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 1882, Jennie Brown, of Corinth, Mississippi, wrote to the sheriff of Mecklenburg County, Virginia, to ask about members of her family. She provided the name of her former owner (King), the name of the sheriff who sold her (Philip Goul), and names of her family. Surviving documents to not disclose whether Jennie Brown was able to make contact with her former family.
Mecklenburg County Free Negro and Slave Records, 1781-1882, Local Government Records Collection, Library of Virginia.
June 18, 1882
Library of Virginia
10_0563_001 Jennie Brown ltr, 10_0563_002 Jennie Brown ltr, 10_0563_003 Jennie Brown ltr, Brown to Sheriff_1882_transcription_10_0563_001-003.pdf
Mecklenburg County, Virginia; Mississippi