from Julie [] (2008)
this is a good site for tax records -




October 1705-CHAP. IV. An act declaring who shall not bear office in this country.

[The text of this act suggests that a free man of color did hold an office sometime before October of 1705. The statute contains the first definition of a mulatto in Virginia's laws.]

''Be it enacted and declared, and it is hereby enacted and declared, That the child of an Indian and the child, grandchild, or great grandchild, of a negro shall be deemed, accounted, held and taken to be a mulatto.''

Source: Hening, ed., The Statutes at Large, vol. 3, pp. 250-251, 252.

I think that *Henings Statutes at Large* predates Wikipedia. Note the Virtual Jamestown site says this 1705 law was the FIRST DEFINITION OF A MULATTO IN VIRGINIA LAWS and it states THE CHILD OF AN INDIAN shall be deemed, accounted, held and taken to be a MULATTO.


Gracie []
SEPT 2007

Va/Wv birth/death/marriages.
Scroll down to "Explore archives and history" They are still adding on
this one. Be sure to look at the actual record, upper right side of the first page that comes up from the search. There may be more information and I have found some mistranscriptions.

17th Century Virginia
I found the site referenced below to be very interesting and helpful in
understanding the lifestyles, conditions, and practices of seventeenth
century Virginia. It describes laws, wills, naming practices, and many other
aspects of daily life. It's also a very interesting read.       <A HREF="">

The Marriage Bond itself will most likely contain way more
> genealogical type information than the Minister Return.
> Around 1660 or so Virginia enacted a law requiring the Marriage Bond.
> The law required that all persons wishing to be married with a
> Marriage License to go to their county clerk and to give Bond with
> sufficient monetary security that essentially guaranteed or promised
> that there wasn't a lawful cause or reason that could prevent the
> marriage. The "bondsman" or person providing the "surety" was usually
> related to the BRIDE, but it was quite possible for the bondsman to be
> related to the groom.
> Once the Bond was monetarily secured, the license was prepared by the
> county clerk and was given to the Minister who would perform the
> ceremony. After performing such, the Minister would sign the
> "Minister Return" stating that he had indeed married the individuals
> on the license and would send that back to the clerk for recording.
> Thus, the information contained in the initial Bond would have more
> genealogical information because it also included the person or
> persons who would be providing the bond or surety. The Minister
> Return was simply the Minister's signature and "proof" that he had
> indeed married the two individuals named on the license. No other
> individuals needed to be mentioned or named on the Minister Return.
> Hope that helps.
> Michael Sellers