1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 18, 2021 2:42 PM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking social status of freed vs enslaved blacks

    Lisa March Newbie

      I am currently researching the parents of Sallie OVERTON (of Emery BILLUPS and Isabella OVERTON) and her marriage to Ivey MITCHELL, (abt 1894) .   On a VA Marriage record she stated her surname was Overton and listed her parents was E & I Overton, when in reality their surname was Billups. Was there greater social status (and use of surnames) for descendants of free Blacks vs. enslaved Blacks?    Isabella (Isabelle) and her parents Nathan and Sally Overton were free Blacks, based on census records.