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What are estray books and estray notices?

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I was wondering if you could explain what an estray Notice or estray book is? 


Answer:  An estray notice was generally published in the newspaper, or printed on a broadside poster .  This notice general deals with the finding of a lost animal, or notice of runaway slave.  In court houses the keeping of an "estray book" tabulated any missing livestock or slaves within that county.

Posted by David Lambert at 11/19/2010 12:46:21 PM | 

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