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217 slaves of Mark Alexander, Mecklenburg, VA 1865

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217 slaves of Mark Alexander, Mecklenburg, VA 1865

Posted: 14 Mar 2002 5:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
Fellow researcher Lloyd Smith just sent me a copy of a list of the 217 slaves of Mark ALEXANDER Senior, of Mecklenburg County VA - enumerated on the day of the surrender of the Army of Virginia by General Robert E LEE, April 9th, 1865.

He has requested that I disseminate this information in the hope that it may help some of those attempting to identify African-American ancestors prior to 1865, who were enslaved in Mecklenburg County VA.

For anyone who had African-American ancestors from Mecklenburg, and particularly if they were surnamed Alexander (or Baskerville or Mayo since there were relationships between those slave-holding families), you may want to pay attention to the names as I post them, or drop me a note off the board, at

The ex-slaves, or soon to be freed slaves are listed in descending order by age, and by gender - the oldest males first, down to the youngest, then the females. Their occupations are listed also, with interesting notations like "excellent washer" , or "excellent seamstress" or "fine spinner".

As I looked through the list, out of curiosity, I popped the 1880 VA census CD in my computer - looked for Mecklenburg County listings for surname ALEXANDER and got 157 records - only four were white - including Mark Alexander, the former slaveholder. The rest were listed as either black or mulatto.

I then started to match living African -American Alexander's in 1880 with the list from 1865.

My first possible match was Stephen age 50, in 1865 (a field hand) I find a Stephen Alexander age 65, farmer, widower in 1880 living with his daughter Nannie age 25.

Next I find Douglas listed as 45, occupation Sawyer. In 1880 there is a 60 year old Douglas Alexander listed as a farmer, with wife Marandy and several children.

James listed also as 45 in 1865, occupation carriage driver. There is a James Alexander in 1880 listed as age 60 - farmer.

Jim listed as a 44 year old wheelwright and cooper in 1865, is found in 1880 listed as a wheelwright, Jim B. Alexander.

I also find two of the oldest females on the list of freed or about to be freed slaves - Maria (76) and Dorcas (70) - still living in 1880 and using the surname Alexander.

With some of the younger women on the list - that have rarer first names it is possible to surmise that they also can be identified. For example there is an Octavia, age 10 listed, and in 1880 I find a 25 year old Octavia, married to a Green Williams. (the only Octavia in the county the correct age)

It will take me some time to type this all out, and I will be looking at it very closely due to the links to my own BASKERVILLE and MAYO search.

Hope this helps someone,


SubjectAuthorDate Posted
deoliver47 15 Mar 2002 12:21AM GMT 
deoliver47 23 Feb 2004 4:55PM GMT 
lil_tin 18 May 2004 10:36PM GMT 
deoliver47 19 May 2004 12:23PM GMT 
FLORENCE_ALEX... 20 May 2004 11:13AM GMT 
kdngem8 2 Jun 2004 8:57PM GMT 
dennismac1 20 Dec 2011 7:17AM GMT 
kdngem8 20 Dec 2011 1:09PM GMT 
TONYA RICHARD -baskerville 19 May 2004 9:16PM GMT 
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