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African-American Rollins Family from Orange Co., VA to Giles County, TN

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African-American Rollins Family from Orange Co., VA to Giles County, TN

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I'm going to transcribe here a passage from the "Flournoy Rivers Transcripts" in which Flournoy Rivers transcribed in the late 1890s court records from Giles County, TN. There is some very valuable genealogical information here on this Rollins family of color.


Saturday Nov. 24, 1827


Several certificates of freedom of the children of Caty Rollins of whose own freedom I made a note in 1818.

"On motion of John Mandelbert Rollins, son of the late John Rollins, dec'd, and Caty Rollins, a free person of colour, aged twenty one years the 20th of this month, of a dark complexion though not black. Five feet eleven and half inches high, with bushy hair, the left eye a little cross. It was ordered to be certified that he was born free, " page31."

A like entry follows about Jane Francis Jones, formerly Rollins, 18 years old June 30, 1827, five feet, four inches high, dark complexion, not black, bushy hair, knot on each little finger on the outside, scar on the breast.

Then on motion of Caty Rollins, a mulatto woman aged about forty-one years with a small scare on the upper part of the left cheek, five feet, one and a half inches high, whose freedom was certified by the clerk of Orange County, Virginia, April 4, 1817 and recorded here at the February term 1818. It is ordered that her minor children were born free: Daniel, born July 8, 1811; Charles, Oct. 17, 1813; Reuben Sept. 10, 1815: William Johnson, May 14, 1817; Betsey Ann, Feb. 7, 1819; Sally Ann, Oct. 7, 1820; Andrew Jackson, May 31, 1822; George Washington, Oct. 13, 1823.

This seems to have been a piece of forethought on the mother's part who like St. Paul, was either "born free," or like the Roman captain had obtained it with "great sum."
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