Welcome to A Common Grace, where you can find information about the people and families who were enslaved in Culpeper, Rappahannock and Madison counties, Virginia, prior to the end of the Civil War in 1865. The initial information posted here documents people who were enslaved by John Kilby of Culpeper County, Virginia (1715 – 1772), and by his lineal descendants who were enslavers, and people who are descendants of those enslaved people.
This genealogical documentation is made available and can be used to provide proof of lineal descent from an enslaved ancestor for use in applications to the POISE Foundation for a scholarship from the Kilby Family Endowed Scholarship Fund. If you can prove through birth, death and/or marriage certificates that you are related to one of the persons documented on the Genealogy page of this website, you will have proved lineal descent as required for eligibility for a scholarship from this fund. If you are related to another family having enslaved ancestors in Culpeper, Rappahannock or Madison counties that is not documented on the Genealogy page, please send a note to the administrator using the Contact page. You will be instructed as to how to provide your documentation.
The establishment of the Kilby Family Endowed Scholarship Fund was inspired by the work of Coming to the Table, an organization of descendants of enslaved persons and their enslavers to work on racial reconciliation.