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Free African Americans of VA, NC, SC, ME, and Del.
(With the way records were kept at the time, and the fact that these Driver's were obtained from the records of those that were turned down for Cherokee tribe membership, it could very well be that they are Native American, and not black, or could even be part black, part Native American and part white. I placed them in this section because of the reference of them being Free African Americans)
THE DRIVER FAMILY
Susannah Driver b. say 1740 was head of a Gloucester Co. household of 4 free persons in 1783 (VA:53) and taxable on 4 cattle in Gloucester Co. in 1787 (Schreiner-Yantis, 1787 census, 1016) The birth of her children, Mary ("a mylatto ---") and Richard ("Sp. son of Susanna Driver") were registered in Kingston Parish, Gloucester and Matthew Counties (Mathew, Kingston Parish Register 46). The Driver Family have been related to Matthew Driver whose "Mollatto" servant
Ann Naish (Narsh?) was convicted by the Dorcester Co. Maryland Court of having four illegitimate children before 13 Nov. 1743 (Judgment Record 1742-3, 126-7, 135.
Susannah's children were:
Emanuel, b. say 1750, head of a Gloucester Co. household of 5 free persons in 1783 (VA:53) and taxable on 4 cattle in Gloucester Co in 1787 (Schreiner-Yantis, 1787 census 1016). In July 1835, his nephew, John Driver son of John Driver, testified that Emanuel enlisted in the 2nd Virginia Reg.
in 1776 and was discharged in 1780 or 1781. He lived in Mathews Co. and died there in 1835 (Hopkins, Virginia Revolutionary War Land Grant Claims, 75).
John--b say 1758, the father of John2 Driver who deposed that his father enlisted in the 2nd VA. Reg. and resided in Mathews Co. in 1787 (Schreiner-Yantis 1787 census, 1016).
Mary--b. Apr. 1761, " a mylatto----.". daughter of Susanna Driver.
Richard, b. 13 June 1773, "Sp. son of Susanna Driver"
Edmund --b. before 1776, head of a Mathews Co. Household
of 6 "other free" in 1810 (VA:453) and 2 "free colored" in
Halifax Co. NC in 1830.
?Thomas head of a Londun Co. household of 3 "other free" in 1810 (VA:291).
?William, head of a Chatham Co. NC household of 2 "other free" in 1800.
These records were obtained from the records of those that were turned down for Cherokee tribe membership.