Cohabitation Records

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Cohabitation Records

Collection Status: Open for Transcription

Transcription Difficulty Rating: Intermediate

About the Collection

In March 1866, the General Assembly passed “An Act Concerning Negroes and Persons of Color or of Mixed Blood,” which included a statute that enslaved people who had been living together as man and wife during slavery were now considered to be legally married. Called cohabitation bonds, these were filed with the register of deeds and were retroactive, legitimizing the marriages of former enslaved peoples. Typically included was the name and age of the bride and groom and length of time they had been married. Some counties include the name of the enslaver and/or the number of children the couple may have had. While in the original records cohabitation bonds are sometimes named as such, for many marriage records we cannot determine the race of the couple. In some instances, other marriage records from 1866 may be included in the collection that do not specifically include the term “cohabitation.”

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CR_003_928_1_Alexander_Cohab

CR_003_928_1_Alexander_Cohab

Alexander County Cohabitation Records

40 pages: 100% complete (100% transcribed)
CR_013_925_1_Buncombe_Cohab

CR_013_925_1_Buncombe_Cohab

Buncombe County Cohabitation Records

Collaboration is restricted.

36 pages: 33% complete (33% transcribed)
CR_020_928_4_Caswell_Cohab

CR_020_928_4_Caswell_Cohab

Caswell County Cohabitation Records

Collaboration is restricted.

25 pages: 24% complete (24% transcribed)
CR_033_603_Davie_Cohab

CR_033_603_Davie_Cohab

Davie County Cohabitation Records

Collaboration is restricted.

96 pages: 43% complete (44% transcribed)
CR_037_603_1_F11_Edgecombe_Cohab_Last_Name_H

CR_037_603_1_F11_Edgecombe_Cohab_Last_Name_H

Edgecombe County Cohabitation Records

Collaboration is restricted.

56 pages: 85% complete (93% transcribed, 7% needs review)
CR_037_603_2_F1_Edgecombe_Cohab_Last_Name_M

CR_037_603_2_F1_Edgecombe_Cohab_Last_Name_M

Edgecombe County Cohabitation Records

Collaboration is restricted.

91 pages: 7% complete (8% transcribed)
CR_037_603_2_F3_Edgecombe_Cohab_Last_Name_O

CR_037_603_2_F3_Edgecombe_Cohab_Last_Name_O

Edgecombe County Cohabitation Records

9 pages: 100% complete (100% transcribed)
CR_039_603_1_Franklin_Cohab

CR_039_603_1_Franklin_Cohab

Franklin County Cohabitation Records

Collaboration is restricted.

240 pages: 10% complete (11% transcribed)
CR_041_928_5_Gates_Cohab_1866

CR_041_928_5_Gates_Cohab_1866

Gates County Cohabitation Records

Collaboration is restricted.

11 pages: 27% complete (72% transcribed, 45% needs review)
CR_044_603_1_Granville_Cohab

CR_044_603_1_Granville_Cohab

Granville County Cohabitation Records

Collaboration is restricted.

290 pages: 4% complete (5% transcribed)
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