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October 2004

Alexandria Office of Sheriff Jail Records, 1891-1948


These records are organized by type and then chronologically: Jail Registers, Commitments for Examination, Court Orders, Jail Service Certificates, and Police Court Commitments. These two pages list prisoners "[c]onfined in Jail, Subject to the Chain Gang, this the 1st Day of May 1894."
Jail Register, unbound (page 172) - Names of Prisoners, Confined in Jail, Subject to the Chain Gang, this the 1st Day of May 1894 Jail Register, unbound (page 173) - Names of Prisoners, Confined in Jail, Subject to the Chain Gang, this the 1st Day of May 1894 
Page 97 - Appears to be a report of prisoners and their status in February 1892 and March 1893  Jail Register, Ledger 1 (page 278) - Clothing account for males and females from March to July 1895
Run-of-the-mill offenders shared quarters with those held for bigamy, highway robbery, illegal voting, escaping from chain gang, suspected lunacy, and insanity. An interesting note: Clothing expenses for males and females in 1895 included coats, hats, shoes, socks, pants, shirts, dresses, and "draws."


Related Resources
  • Manuscript Boxes 54A-54E: Alexandria Office of Sheriff Jail Records, 1891-1948
  • Mary C. Thornton. A Complete Guide to the History and Inmates of the U.S. Penitentiary, District of Columbia, 1829-1862
  • Jack Hamilton Foster. "Crandal Mackey, Crusading Commonwealth's Attorney," The Arlington Historical Magazine, October 1984


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