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If anyone has records for Halifax County African Americans, please consider contributing them by contacting me so that we may add them to this page.


African American Records on this Site:

Cato Copeland Revolutionary War Pension File

Benjamin Richardson Revolutionary War Pension File

Elijah Bass Revolutionary War Pension File

Biography of James Edward O'Hara, 1844-1905

John Toney Revolutionary War Pension File

Isham Scott Revolutionary War Pension File

Will of Mariah Evans, 1881

Will of Benjamin Richardson, 1809

Will of William Richardson, 1798

Will of Alfred Richardson, 1874

Will of Lucy (Williams) Manley, 1930

Sale of Slaves of Cary Whitaker, 1851

Burton Richardson Family Cemetery

Will of Julius Zollicoffer, 1853 (lists freed slaves)

Will of Sallie (Holly) Richardson, 1928

Will of Gideon Richardson, 1880

Baldie Lynch Family Cemetery

Will of Eliza Louisa Richardson, 1908

Halifax County Slavery Petitions

Will of Mariah Locklier, 1832

Will of Daniel Coleman, 1849

Will of John Toney, 1823

Will of Rosa Daniel, 1871

Will of Hardy Minga Jones, 1873

Will of Hilliard Hawkins, 1916

Will of Hardy Richardson, 1854

Halifax County U. S. Colored Troops

Will of Solomon Hawkins, 1816

Will of Joseph Hawkins, 1817

Children of William Mills, 1860

Will of Harrod Scott, 1866

Will of Patsy Hedgepeth, 1886

Will of Frank Richardson, 1921

Halifax County Emancipation Records

Will of Isaac Bass-1825 (lists slave names)

Will of James Whitaker-1825 (many slave names)

Will of Abraham Scott-1799

Will of Francis Scott-1771

Will of James Davis-1817

Will of Mary Davis-1809 (freed Davis slaves)

Will of Edmond Ashe-1869

Will of Gideon Alston-1831 (many slave names)

Ann Pitts-1830 (many slave names)

David Reynolds-1883

William Reynolds-1876

Will of Eliza Mitchum-1883

Obituary in 1825: Lucy, age 114

Halifax County Free Persons of Color Register, 1847-1865

Apprenticeships, Other Entries-1847-1865




Records in USGenWeb Archives:


Halifax County Apprenticeships Records, 1847-1865
Many of these are entries for free African Americans

Emancipation of Children of Miles Howard, 1836

Jacob-Property of Henry Mitchell, 1856

William, Runaway-$50 Reward-1856

Albert Hockody - Act to Emancipate, 1855



NCGenWeb Special Project

Plantations of North Carolina
Lots of Slave Records



Links to Records on other websites:

Halifax County 1860 Largest Slaveholders & 1870 Surnames Match

Slaves Named in Wills, Halifax Co.,NC 1758-1854
From Paul Heinegg's groundbreaking work on Free African Americans of North Carolina, this entire website is a must for those researching their free ancestors in the South

Free African Americans of VA, NC, SC, MD, DE
Paul Heinegg's landmark website

John Baysmore, A Historical Sketch of 1st Colored Baptist Church

Audrey's NC, SC, and VA Archives: African American Genealogy
Contains names of many NC families from Halifax & surrounding counties

Free African Americans in Antebellum North Carolina Blog

Free African Americans in Antebellum North Carolina Database

Black Firefighters of North Carolina

The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution
Online book published in 1855

An Introduction to North Carolina Loyalist Units
A site devoted to the study of Loyalists during the Revolutionary War

Black Loyalists: Index to Black Pioneers History
Includes history & info on African Americans who served with the British in
the Revolutionary War

The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database

Slavery & the North Carolina African American Experience

A History of the Negro Baptists of North Carolina

Into the Light
Research blog of the Yarborough, Green, Hawkins, Dunstan, Brown, Davis & Ross Families 

African Origins
Information about the migration histories of Africans forcibly carried on slave ships into the Atlantic in a searchable database

Slave Trade: Clash of the People
A timeline on slavery from it's very beginnings in an African village in 1444, very informative & eye opening

Digital History
A website of many resources for researching all aspects of American History including the Civil War & The Reconstruction Period

Arrival of First Africans in theVirginia Colony
Histories & descriptions of some of the first Africans & their descendants from 1619

Slave Narratives: Tempe Pitts
Daughter of Isaac Williams & Phillis Pitts, former slave of Hardy Pitts

The Gospel Train
African American song from antebellum period, includes audio & song

African Nova Scotian Diaspora
Selected Government Records of Black Settlement 1791-1839 

Report on Alleged Outrages in the South (1871)
Investigation & hearings held in 1871 about early days of the KKK, with descriptions & first hand testimonies from both victims & perpetrators of crimes against African Americans

Report of Services by Freed People of NC to the US Army(1862)
A fascinating read of activities of African Americans in NC in their efforts to help the North during the Civil War, as well as details of their escapes from slavery



African American Research Help:

The premier African American resource site; get help from others researching their AA roots in a number of different Forums

Digital Library on American Slavery
Search online petitions for clues to enslaved ancestors

An Online Reference Guide to African American History

Black Loyalists Digital Collection
Search through records for ancestors who fought on the side of the British in the Revolutionary War, and who later settled in Canada

NC State Library: Finding Slave Records
Detailed instructions on how to research your slave ancestors





New to Research and no idea of how to start researching your African American Roots?

A Beginners Guide to African American Research
This is a must see interactive guide from the folks at Afrigeneas.com

Also, see a list of additional guidance for researching on our Research Help & Lookup Page






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