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Early Buncombe County, North Carolina African American marriage records, 1814-1868

[Patricia Reese Dockery]
Dockery, Patricia Reese (Main Author)
Books/Monographs
English
[S.l. : s.n., 200-?]
7, [7] leaves.

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Title from cover.

“These early Buncombe County North Carolina African-American marriage records were found in an old Buncombe County ledger book in the Raleigh Archives. The largest part of the ledger is Buncombe County Road Dockets. In the back half (turned upside down, making the back the front) are these ‘cohabitation’ records. [cont. below]

“Slave marriages before the Civil War had been duly celebrated by civil or religious authorities or simply by ‘living together’. In 1866, the General Assembly passed ‘An Act concerning Negroes and Person of Color or of Mixed Blood’. ‘Those persons whose cohabitation was thus ratified into a state of marriage were required to appear before the Clerk of the County Court or a justice of the peace to acknowledge the fact. These acknowledgements were to be recorded in books and regarded as proof that a marriage existed’.”—Introd.

Names are in alphabetical order by groom.

Includes index of both brides and grooms and an index of female given names.

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