Archive for the ‘Louisa’ Category

CVHR Meeting (June 1, 2017): Round Table

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Garland and Mary Beth Dalton spoke about their search for Garland’s ancestors in the mixed-race Gibson’s Mill community of Louisa County.   Bob Vernon showed us the scope of his project to scan or photograph public records (including deeds, wills, tax lists, marriage records, order books, overseers of the poor records), mostly from Albemarle County from the 18th to the 20th century.   Jane Smith told of her research on Rebecca Farrar Cogbill, which placed her in a community of free blacks (including Kitty Foster and the extended Battles family) in the heart of the Ragged Mountains in 1850.

CVHR Meeting (May 5): Looking at the Trees, to Understand the Forest

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Robin Patton and Elaine Taylor of the Louisa County Historical Society demonstrated an exciting new project for putting historical information into a spatial context.  With a focus on the Green Springs area of Louisa County, they are using ArcGIS as a container for both individual and scholarly research about slavery to better understand antebellum communities. This project has great potential to be of benefit to other historical societies and non-profit organizations.  See what they are doing and explore the results at



December 3rd Meeting: Free People of Color in the Gibson’s Mill Community

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Our next meeting of the Central Virginia History Researchers will be held: Thursday, Dec. 3, 4 PM, at the Jefferson Library

Topic: Free People of Color in the Gibson’s Mill Community

G. C. Waldrep, professor of English at Bucknell University, is coming down to tell us about his in-depth research on the people of Gibson’s Mill in western Louisa County.  In describing the evolving mixed-race (and presently white) community, he will explore the meanings of “mulatto” and discuss some interesting court cases and families (Gibson, Branham, Mason, Ailstock et al.), some with Albemarle County connections.