Walker and Melvina Shields and their three children, Lettie, Joe Jones and Walker “Jiggs,” were slaves owned by William Southall Graves of Cherry Hall. A list was made by John Edmond Graves of slaves belonging to his father some twenty years after the war in the belief that southern property owners would be compensated for loss of their slaves. Melivina was listed as age 45, presumably meaning she was 45 in 1865. Charles City County Richard M. Bowman Center for Local History Archives, Family Records Collection. Walker and Malvina Shields, over the age of 50 and with no former owner specified, were destitute freedmen on the Taylor Farm in Princess Anne County. For records on indigent freedmen see Elizabeth Cann Kambourian, comp. & ed., The Freedmen’s Bureau in Virginia, Names of the Destitute Freedmen Dependent Upon the Government in the Military Districts of Virginia (Heritage Books:Bowie, MD: 1997); Carolyn Hardin Goudie, “Downey Farm List of Indigent Freedmen,” Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, vol. 35, no. 1, pg. 13 (winter: 1997).