Dear Ms. Heavilin,
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In addition to the previous posters information, we searched online and located several articles and other publications that might be of relevance to your research. They include:
- For a Few Decades in the 18th Century, Women and African-Americans Could Vote in New Jersey
- Did You Know: Women and African Americans Could Vote in NJ before the 15th and 19th Amendments? (US National Park Service)
- 19th Century African American Voting Rights
- The End of Black Voting Rights in Pennsylvania: African Americans and the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention of 1837-1838
- FREE MEN AND "FREEMEN": Black Voting Rights in Pennsylvania, 1790-1870
- The Negro Vote in Old New York
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My ancestors were Free men of Color and voted along with other free men in Greene County Pennsylvania. The few surviving records for some townships show men of color who owned land voting in 1801 and 1806. My ancestor and his relatives lost the right to vote in 1838 - after he had been politically active and according to a newspaper interview of a prominent white man in the early 1880s "carried his man" meaning he influenced the vote in the area where he lived. I also have an obituary of another ancestor which states he lost the right to vote when "the colored man was disenfranchised. His obit also states that he regained the right to vote one more time before he died in 1871. I hope this a good example of the kind of information you are looking for.