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Official Records - House of Burgesses Journals

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The Virginia House of Burgesses regularly considered petitions from individuals seeking compensation for capturing slaves. In addition, slave or servant masters whose runaways were killed while being pursued, or who died in jail, often sought compensation for the lost value. The House Journals contain records of these petitions.

The Journals are broken down by year. Click on a year below to see the Journal entries.

1727 1740 1752 1761
1730 1742 1753 1766
1732 1744 1754 1775
1734 1745 1755  
1736 1747 1758  
1738 1748