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Title Dr. the Nottoway Indians in acct. with Henry Taylor, John Thomas Blow, Thomas Blunt, & Edwin Gray, their trustees [manuscript]: account, 1774 Jan
Author Gray, Edwin (b.1743)
Document Type Financial Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Account, Jan., 1774, in the handwriting of Nottaway trustee Edwin Gray, who signed the document, itemizing payments to members of the tribe for the rental of their lands during 1773. Among the Indians receiving shares of the total sum (£74-4-6) were members of the Gabriel, Quaker, Woodson, John, Pearch, Scholar, Roger, Step, Meriot, Wincoke, and Turner families.
Names Blow, John Thomas; Blunt, Thomas; Taylor, Henry (d.1781); Gabriel; Quaker; Woodson; John; Pearch; Scholar; Roger; Step; Meriot; Wincoke; Turner
Places Southampton County, Virginia, United States
Keywords account, payment, money, land tenure, government relations
Theme American Indians and the European Powers
Culture Area Southeast
Additional Information The Nottaway Indians moved to Southampton County, Va., in 1694, and were restricted by a 1705 legislative act to two large tracts in the area. Burdened with debt, the Nottaways first petitioned the Virginia legislature in 1734 for the right to sell their property. In 1772 the legislature, responding to another Nottaway petition, passed "An act to enable the Nottoway Indians to lease certain lands..." This act provided for the appointment of Henry Taylor and Edwin Gray, both Southampton County burgesses, and John Thomas Blow and Thomas Blunt, also of Southampton County, as trustees to oversee the lease of tribal lands on the south side of the Nottoway River. The act also instructed the trustees to account with the county court every January and to direct the proceeds in "such manner as they ... shall think most advantageous to the said Indians."
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT oversize Ayer MS 3212
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue