|I have been researching the family of Nathaniel Harrison, a member of the prominent Harrison's of Virginia. Two of whom were presidents of the United States. Nathaniel fell in love with a slave girl named Frankey Miles who we believe was owned by his half-brother, Edmund. When Edmund realized Nathaniel was in love with the girl, he instructed the slave trader to sell her, "As far down south as possible". Nathaniel had an intermediary buy her for him and after giving her her freedom, he lived with her as his common-wife. Franky and Nathaniel had 3 children, Edwin, Ann Maria and Laurania (Lurane). This site is a compilation of Nathaniel's white ancestors and his and Frankey's "mullato and black decendants. Needless to say it is virtually impossible to find any documentation for Franky Miles before 1850. I do have a copy of Nathaniel's will which was probated in 1852 in Amelia County, Virginia. I would most especially like to obtain a copy of her manumission papers. I figure they would have to be dated prior to 1804, which is the approximate date of Edwin's birth. I am willing and anxious to share information!|
This is the first update since 2007. Exciting news, My cousin Judith Troy located the Deed of Manumission for Frankey. It was filed by Nathaniel Harrison in the Amelia County Deed Book andgranted Frankey and her (their) children Lurana (b.1802) and Edwin (b. 1804) their freedom . The Deed was written on 25 March 1806 and entered into the Deed book on 24 Apr 1806. By my caculation Frankey was about 26 years old and Nathaniel was 33 at the time.
Judy also located a claim filed by Frankey's heirs to the U. S. Southern Claims Commission. It seems that in April 1860, after the fall of Richmond, General Sheridan of the Union Calvary seized $2,780.45 worth of goods from Frankey's Farm. The items included, horses, cows, sheep, mules, 80 assorted chickens,turkeys and ducks, bushels of corn, oats, flour, fodder for the livestock and bales of cotton! All without giving her a voucher for the items seized!As far as I can tell the claim was denied.
It has been facinating to find documents which corroborate family stories. I urge you all to start questioning your parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Let's make it easier for the next generation to confirm our stories!
Eugenia Walker Warren
|Nathaniel Harrison and Frankey Miles of Amelia County, VA|
Updated February 28, 2010