Sussex County, Virginia
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County History
Sussex County is located in the south central region of Virginia
Formed in 1754 from Surry County, it is named after Sussex County England

The Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe and other native Americans were located here prior to English settlement.  

In the United States Census of 1790, 10549 persons were reported. Of that number, 54.8% were Africans and of that number, approximately, 10% were free in 1790.  In the 1860 census, 33% of Africans living in Sussex County were free. 

Quakers concentrated near Seacock Swamp near the Wakefield area of the County.  One of these Quakers was John W. Watkins, County Surveyor from 1817 to 1830.  He, like many of his neighbors, moved to Jefferson County, Ohio, along with their freed slaves, to live on free soil.  Michael Bailey, who was Clerk of the Sussex County Court from 1785 until his death in 1798, was one of the Quakers who freed his slaves, but was discharged from that religious group for not attending meetings and for serving as a public official. 

Sussex - Yale

Jarratt (part in Greensville County) - Stony Creek - Wakefield - Waverly

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Website Updates:
Oct 2015: obits for TYRUS, FREEMAN, WHITE, BRIGGS, LEE, MASON, BIRDSONG, KING, BARSDARN, DOBIE; Early birth records from Albemarle parish.  Family bible of GURLEY-LITTLE family





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