This online copy of several of the Charles City County Minute Books and one Order book contains many names of FREE negros and mulattoes registered in the county.
Search for your Cumbo / Cumber line and you might find some useful clues. A Walker Cumbo is listed as the son of Anderson Cumbo who is also listed as Anderson Cumber. The Walker you mentioned may be a grandson or a great grandson.
There are 5 pages listed on the http://www.fold3.com/document/634558/ for a Walker Cumbo who filed for compensation for property loss during the Civil War but was disallowed. He filed Sept 21, 1871 in Charles City County. You must have a subscription for "fold3" to view this site.
Another online book: Free African Americans of NC, VA and SC Vol 1.
There were two hits for a search of Walker Cumbo. Under the page heading for Cumbo Family, pg 378 - 379 there is a Turner Cumbo who also went by Turner Thomas b. 1773 and taxed in CCC who had a son Walker CUMBO who received gifts from his father of CCC and his grandfather, James CANNADY of James City Co. Turner CUMBO and Rebecca CANNADY were married before Dec 19, 1811.
PG. 253 has some info on James CANNADY (some are spelled Canada).
Here is just a bit.
James CANNADY born 1750 and taxed in JCC from 1782 - 1813 and was a Mulatto. He started out with 45 acres in 1782. Was the father of Sally, James Jr. and Rebecca who married Turner Cumbo.
Search these websites for Cumbo also.
http://www.africanaheritage.com/LineageofAbrahamexcerpt.asp The author is a Univ of VA prof. related to the Cumber tree of CCC who wrote a book.
Tax lists of JCC 1782 - 1814 for FREE negros/mulattoes. CANNADY and CUMBO are listed.
Much CUMBO info from various counties in VA.
Book: 80% Heaven Bound by Sherry Brown Tyler
pg 475...Stanhope Cumb (Cumber) born circa 1812 died 1857...black free male, cause of death unknown, age 45 years, death reported by J. Hubbard.
pg 476...Free infant b. 1858 died Feb 1858...black free child of Walter and Jane Cumber, cause of death unknown, age 1 day.
pg 477...Mary L. Cumber born circa 1851 died Nov 20, 1859...black free female, cause of death unknown, age 8, daughter of Walker and Jenetta Cumber. (These two are found in the 1870 census of CCC as Watkins and Jennette Cumbo.)
WALKER CUMBER married MARGARET CANNADY
He born 1866 James City Co VA, age 25
She born 1869 James City Co VA, age 22
Married Mar. 12, 1891 in James City Co VA
His parents: Richard and Matilda Cumber
Her parents: Ludwig and Eliza Canaday
Both listed as black and single.
(Don't get hung up on the exact year of birth, Walker Comber below is the same man even though he was born in 1862.)
In the 1900 census of James City County I find a Walker Comber b. May 1862 VA and wife Lizzie b. Jan. 1876 VA, both listed as black. He is a farmer. They have been married 3 years and have no kids.
Try searching this site..
These should get you started with more clues.
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