A Guide to the Brunswick County (Va.) Freedmen's contracts and apprentice indentures, 1865-1868 Brunswick County (Va.) Freedmen's contracts and apprentice indentures, 1865-1868 0007435750

A Guide to the Brunswick County (Va.) Freedmen's contracts and apprentice indentures, 1865-1868

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the Library of Virginia
Barcode Numbers 0007435750


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Repository
The Library of Virginia
Barcode Numbers
0007435750
Title
Brunswick County (Va.) Freedmen's contracts and apprentice indentures
Physical Characteristics
.45 cu. ft. (1 box)
Collector
Brunswick County (Va.) Circuit Court
Location
Library of Virginia
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions

Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Brunswick County (Va.) Freedmen's contracts and apprentice indentures, 1865-1866. Local government records collection, Brunswick County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

Acquisition Information

These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Brunswick County (Va.) Circuit Court.


Historical Information

Brunswick County was named for the duchy of Brunswick-Luneburg, one of the German possessions of King George I. It was formed by statute in 1720 from Prince George County and on 31 October 1723 the boundaries of the county were ordered to be laid out, but, because of the sparse population, the county court first met in June 1732. Brunswick County was enlarged by the addition of parts of Surry and Isle of Wight Counties in 1733. The county seat is Lawrenceville.

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands was a federal agency created by the Freedmen's Bureau Bill, passed on March 3, 1865. Also known as the "Freedmen's Bureau", this agency was responsible for aiding refugees of the Civil War, especially former slaves, in the areas of education, employment and health care. Meant to last for only one year after the war, the bureau was operational from June 1865 to December 1868.

Scope and Content

Brunswick County (Va.) Freedmen's contracts and apprentice indentures, 1865-1868, consist of employment contracts between formerly enslaved African Americans and their employers. Contracts usually specify the dates of the expected employment, the occupation of the employee, expected wages and housing arrangements, and any rent that is to be paid to the employer. The apprenticeship indentures are contracts in which African American minors were bound out to employers by their parents or, in the case of orphans, the Freedmen's Bureau for a period of time to learn a trade.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetical by name of employer.

Related Material

Additional Brunswick County Court Records can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm"


Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

  • Brunswick County (Va.) Circuit Court
  • Subjects:

  • African Americans -- Employment -- Virginia -- Brunswick County -- 19th Century
  • African Americans -- History
  • Children of Freedmen -- Virginia -- Brunswick County
  • Freedmen -- United States
  • Geographical Names:

  • Brunswick County -- History -- 19th Century
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Contracts -- Virginia -- Brunswick County
  • Local government records -- Virginia -- Brunswick County
  • Added Entry - Corporate Name:

  • United States Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Brunswick County -- History -- 19th Century