This is Volume I of the three-volume work Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina from the Colonial Period to About 1820. Sixth Edition,” which contains detailed genealogies of hundreds of free black families that originated in Virginia and migrated to North and/or South Carolina from the colonial period to about 1820. The families under investigation represent nearly all African Americans who were free during the colonial period in Virginia and North Carolina. Like its immediate predecessor, the Sixth Edition traces the branches of a number of African American families living in South Carolina, where original source materials for this period are much scarcer than in the two states to its north.
Volume I includes an Introduction and a List of Abbreviations used in the text. There is a Bibliography at the end of Volume III. Contained in Volume I are articles of varying lengths about the following families (names in bold refer to 70 families newly added to 6th edition): Abel, Abshier, Acre, Adams, Africa, Ailstock, Alford, Allen, Alman, Alvis, Ampey, Ancel, Anderson, Andrews, Anthony, Archer, Armfield, Armstead, Armstrong, Arnold, Artis, Ashberry, Ashby, Ashe, Ashton, Ashworth, Atkins, Atkinson, Aulden, Avery, Bailey, Baine, Baker, Balkham, Ball, Baltrip, Banks, Bannister, Barber, Barlow, Barnett, Barrow, Bartly/Bartlett, Bass, Bates, Battles, Bazden, Bazmore, Beckett, Bee, Bell, Bennett, Berry, Beverly, Bibbens, Bibby, Biddie, Bilberry, Bing, Bingham, Binns, Bizzell, Black, Blake, Blango, Blanks, Blizzard, Blue, Bluford, Bolton, Bond, Boon, Booth, Bosman, Bow, Bowden, Bowers, Bowles, Bowman, Bowmer, Bowser, Boyd, Bradby, Branch, Brandican, Brandom, Brandon, Braveboy, Braxton, Brewington, Bright, Britt, Britton, Brogdon, Brooks, Brown, Bruce, Brumejum, Bryan, Bryant, Bugg, Bullard, Bunch, Bunday, Burden, Burke, Burkett, Burnett, Burrell, Busby, Bush, Buss, Butcher, Butler, Byrd, Campbell, Cane, Cannady, Carpenter, Carroll, Carter, Cary, Case, Cassidy, Castella, Causey, Cauther, Chambers, Chandler, Chapman, Charity, Chavis, Church, Churchwell, Churton, Clark, Cobb, Cockran, Cole, Coleman, Collins, Combess, Combs, Connaly, Conner, Cook, Cooley, Cooper, Copeland, Copes, Corn, Cornet, Cornish, Cotanch, Cousins, Cowigg, Cox, Coy, Craig, Crane, Credit, Croston, Cuff, Cuffee, Cumbo, Cunningham, Curle, Curtis, Custalow, Cuttillo, Cypress, Dale, Dailey, Dalton, Davenport, Davis, Day, Dean, Deas, Debaptist, Debrix, Decoudrey, Demery, Dempsey, Dennis, Dennum, Derosario, Dial, Dixon, Dobbins, Dolby, Donathan, Douglass, Dove, Drake, and Drew.