John M. Abney highlighted the Life of Henry Valle (colored) known as Uncle Guito. Henry M. Valle travelled to California and returned to Missouri with his master and purchased his freedom. He later returned to California to amass enough money to purchase his wife’s freedom. He also was one of 50-84 African Americans who helped defend Fort Davidson, Pilot Knob, Mo, from Confederate attacks Sept 1864. This article held the transcription of Valle’s obituary printed in the Iron County Register, 27 March 1910.
Abney also extracted and compiled the African Americans Appearing on Civil War Draft Registration Registers for Missouri’s Third Congressional District. Ancestry.com is the source of these extracted records, but Abney, has concentrated his MoSGA journal article for African Americans in the 3rd Congressional District to include county of residence, name and age. Personally I was surprised there were almost 300 entries listed in this rural Missouri Congressional district.
Carole Meltzer Goggin in her article of A Few Jefferson County Marriages That Were Recorded At the County Seat – Herculaneum not only prints an index of marriages (not African American), but inserts a paragraph to inform the researchers that scattered in early Land Record Books of Jefferson County, Mo, were manumission records.
Goggin also provides us with a name index of almost 100 “colored” marriages extracted from the a book dated 1818-1847. However, she warns us that contrary to the dates on the book, the actual marriages recorded are from 1867-1879.
“Isam Williams appeared in Court and acknowledged bill of sale to RACHEL BANFORD, thereby manumitting and setting her free.” This is just one of the entries Goggin extracted in her article Slave Extractions from Jefferson County Missouri Government Records. The extractions included a free colored who “Emanumits” his wife, sale of slaves, and a slave who was indicted for manslaughter.
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