For the murder of Archibald Beebee.
MATTHEW N. LEARY, jr., a witness for the prosecution, having been first duly sworn, testified as follows: Examined by the Counsel for the prosecution. Q. What is your name? A. Matthew N. Leary, jr. Q. Where do you reside? A. In Fayetteville. Q. What is… View Post
Thomas Day—who was born in 1801 in Greensville County, Virginia, to mixed-race parents, John and Mourning Day—moved with his family to Warren County, North Carolina, in 1817. When he moved to Hillsborough in the early 1820s, it appears that he became… View Post
United States Colored Troops, no. 12.
14 H. Art’y. U.S.C.T. Hampton Reynolds. Co. A, 14 H. Art’y. U.S.C.T. Reg’t. appears on Company Descriptive Book of the organization named above. Description: age, 38 years; height, 6 feet 0 inches; complexion, black; eyes, black; hair, black; where born,… View Post
Free Colored Slaveowners, Beaufort County, 1830.
In Washington district: Hull Anderson, 4 slaves; Jos. Bonner, 2; Edme Brown, 1; Betsy Walker, 3; Church Moore, 2; John Brown, 2; Clarrissa Newton, 4; Abram M. Moore, 1; Eli Moore, 3; Easter Moore, 1. In North Creek Town district: Thos. Walker, 4; Thos.… View Post
A wealthy and worthy colored citizen.
Napoleon Hagans, a wealthy and worthy colored citizen, died Monday night. He will be greatly missed by the entire community. Headlight, Goldsboro, 27 Aug 1896. View Post
To emancipate certain negroes.
LIST OF ACTS Passed by the General Assembly of North-Carolina, at their late Session. PRIVATE ACTS. … 14. An act to confirm the claims to freedom of Kitty, the wife of John Carruthers Stanly, and of Eunice Carruthers Stanly, Kitty Green Stanly, and Alexan… View Post
Surnames: Davie County, 1860.
The following surnames are found among free people of color in Davie County in the 1860 federal census: ANTONY, BASS, BENSON, BOWERS, BRINTLE, BROWN, BURROW, CHAMPLIN, CUPER, ELVERSON, FRY, GRIMES, HOSTLER, JOHNSON, JONES, KEMP, KENT, KING, LIVERMAN,… View Post
To be allowed to enslave herself. (For love.)
LEGISLATURE OF NORTH CAROLINA. … HOUSE OF COMMONS. … Mr. Walser, a bill, accompanied with a memorial from the party, to allow Percy Ann Morton, a free woman of color, to enslave herself. … Weekly Standard, Raleigh, 28 January 1863. ———- LEGISLATURE OF… View Post
Mainor applies for Confederate pension.
SOLDIER’S APPLICATION FOR PENSION STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, COUNTY OF HARNETT } On this 15th day of June, A.D. 1924, personally appeared before me L.M. Chaffin, C.S.C. in and for the State and County aforesaid, Geo. W. Mainor, age 85… View Post
They talked about their service and privations...
State of North Carolina Wak County pearsonally appeared before us Nancey Whitehead widow of Burwell Whitehead Aged ninety years and made oath in Dew form of Law to following affidaved That She was Raised in the County of hallifax and State of North… View Post
Surnames: Ashe County, 1860.
The following surnames are found among free people of color in Ashe County in the 1860 census: ANDERSON, BARLEY, BASS, BRACINS, BROWN, DUNKIN, EVANS, FOE, GAIN, GILLY, GOINS/GOWIN, GRIMES, GRINTON, HARRIS, JOHNSON, JONES, RIDDER, RIDDLE, TEDLINE,… View Post
HOUSE OF COMMONS. … Mr. Courts, from the Committee on Propositions and Grievances, reported unfavorably in the bill to emancipate Jno. Good. On motion of Mr. Jones, of Orange, the bill was indefinitely postponed. Also, unfavorably, to the bill to… View Post
Twelve acres lying east of the cross fence.
State of N. Carolina, Wayne County, March 31st 1884. Know all men by these presents that I Itey Simmonsbeing of sound mind and frail in body, knowing the uncertainty of life, and the certainty of Death and desiring to arrange my worldly affairs while I… View Post
Tarheels for freedom.
October, 10th 1856. To the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina. The Memorial of James Newlin of the County of Alamance respectfully represents: That his slave Sam, commonly called Sam Morphis, desires to be emancipated buy the General Assembly… View Post
Wayne County APprentices, 1839-40.
Wilie Carroll was bound to William McKinne in 1839. Bill Capps, 7, was bound to Harris Barfield in 1839. Jinnet Burnett, 7, was bound to Calvin Coor in 1839. In the 1850 census of North Side of Neuse, Wayne County: Jennett Burnett, 18, in the household of… View Post
The criminal docket.
SUPERIOR COURT DECISIONS The Superior Court of Law and Equity for the Counties of Cumberland and Harnett has been in Session during the present week. Nearly the whole of the Term has been taken up with the Criminal Docket. A part of Tuesday and the whole… View Post
One of the insurrectionists.
Lewis W. Leary, a free Negro, one of the insurrectionists, who was shot at Harper’s Ferry, was a native of Fayetteville, an infamous scoundrel who ran away from justice and thereby cheated the rope of a deserving compliment. His father still lives in… View Post
Free-Issue Death Certificates: MISCELLANEOUS, no....
Edd Bowen. Died 18 November 1925, Ransom, Columbus County. Colored. Widower. Farmer. Born 12 June 1858 in NC to James Bowen and Esther Blanks. Buried Eastarcadia NC. Informant, Alice Andrews, Dilco NC. In the 1860 census of Bladen County: Jas. Boon, 34,… View Post
Spelman applies for Confederate pension.
SOLDIER’S APPLICATION FOR PENSION STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, COUNTY OF CAMDEN } On this 2nd day of July, A.D. 1928, personally appeared before me L.S. Leary, C.S.C. in and for the State and County aforesaid, John Spelman, age [blank]… View Post
Surnames: Columbus County, 1860.
The following surnames appear among free people of color in the 1860 census of Columbus County: ARTIS, BORNE, BOWEN, BRITT, BROWN, CAMPBELL, CHAVIS, CORNER, CRIBB, FREEMAN, GANUS, GODWIN, HAYNER, HAYS, HILL, JACOBS, JONES, KELLY, LAURELL, LEWIS,… View Post
Another colored Confederate.
James A. Locuss, cook, Co. F, 51 Reg’t North Carolina Infantry (State Troops). Appears on Company Muster Roll of the organization named above for Nov & Dec 1864. Enlisted 31 October 1864 at Richmond, by W. Hamilton for duration of the war. View Post
Concerning the emancipation of Chaney Moreman.
Whereas at the Autumn Term in 1833, of the Superior Court of Anson county, upon the petition of Benjamin Pratt, praying for the emancipation of Chaney Moreman, a slave, the property of said Benjamin Pratt, for meritorious services, such proceedings were… View Post
The partition of Robert Aldridge's estate.
On 4 July 1902, dower laid off and partition made of Robert Aldridge‘s land as follows: Dower — Eliza Aldridge received 53 acres on a run of Stoney Run Branch. Lot No. 1 — Mathew W. Aldridgereceived 100 acres on Stoney Run and Hurricane Branches,… View Post
He has probably gone to his parents; his father is...
$50 Reward. RAN AWAY from my residence about 14 miles from Newbern on the 1st of July last, a negro boy named POLLOCK. His complexion is jet black – about 19 years old, and 5 feet 8 or 9 inches high. On first looking at any person, he looks straight, but… View Post
He wishes to become a slave.
North Carolina State Convention. … The resolution to allow Elizabeth Chavis and child, free colored, to enslave themselves, was read the second time and referred to the committee on free negroes. … Weekly Standard, Raleigh, 26 June 1861. ——— LEGISLATURE… View Post
The fellow went towards Wadesborough.
Ten Dollars Reward. Ranaway from Darlington Court-House, South Carolina, on Saturday 3rd, December 1814, a man of Colour who calls himself ROBERT BYRD, a black man, aged 20 or 25 years old, who has with him a pass from William Tunstall, Clerk,… View Post
From drudgery to prominence.
XVIII. REV. NICHOLAS FRANKLIN ROBERTS, A. B., A. M. Professor of Mathematics–President of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina–Moderator of 100,000 Colored Baptists. AMONG the rising young men of the old “Tar Heel State” is the… View Post
Bury me by mother.
In the name of God Amen, I Jesse May alias Jesse Clarkbeing of sound mind & memory recollecting at the same time the mortality of man & that all must die sooner or later have made this to be my last will & testament, that is to say I wish my body to be… View Post
Privileges for Joe.
There was sentiment in both [Wilmington and Fayetteville] in favor of granting slaves special privileges. Joe, the slave of Phillis Dennisof Fayetteville, provides a good example of a person in bondage enjoying the privileges of a freeman. Joe was… View Post
Gibson applies for Confederate pension.
SOLDIER’S APPLICATION FOR PENSION STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, COUNTY OF BUNCOMBE } On this 25 day of July, A.D. 1903, personally appeared before me J.B. Cain Deputy, C.S.C. in and for the State and County aforesaid, Stephen Gibson, age… View Post
Free-Issue Death Certificates: THOMAS.
Adline Thomas. Died 30 March 1926, Gardners, Wilson County. Colored. Signle. Age 91. Born Edgecombe County to Jerdon Thomas of Franklin County and Chattie Thomas of unknown. Buried Rountrees cemetery, Wilson. Informant, Anderson Thomas. Peter Thomas. … View Post
To enslave herself.
LEGISLATURE OF NORTH CAROLINA. … HOUSE OF COMMONS. … By Mr. Green, of Franklin, a memorial from Ellen Ransom, a free woman of color, of Franklin county, to be allowed to enslave herself for life to Leonidas Perry. … Weekly Standard, Raleigh, 12 December… View Post
The generosity of a free colored woman.
WILKESBORO’, N.C., Nov. 17, 1861. Mr. HOLDEN: I am sure that you will esteem worthy of notice in the columns of your valuable paper, the generosity of a free colored woman, Ann Grinton, living in the family of Dr. Calloway, towards the soldiers of this… View Post
Eleven acres to my daughters and then my...
North Carolina, Wilson County } In the name of God, Amen. I, Jordan Thomas, of the State and County aforesaid, do make this my last will and testament. I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughters, Harty Thomas and Henretta Thomasthe land which I now… View Post
He maintained ties to politics.
In 1860 Henry C. Cherry, a 24 year-old free mulatto carpenter residing in Edgecombe County, owned no property. By 1870 he owned real estate valued at $1,000 and had already served as a delegate to the North Carolina Constitution Convention in 1868 and one… View Post
He answers very quick; she has a brazen look.
One hundred dollars reward. RUNAWAY from the subscriber, on the 3rd July 1819, two negroes, one man named Jacob, about thirty five years old, of yellow complexion, about five feet ten inches high, when spoken to, answers very quick. When he runaway from… View Post
She wanted to advance in life her nephews.
State of North Carolina, Robeson County } Court of Equity, Fall Term A.D. 1867 To the Honorable the Judge of said Court The Bill of Complaint of Lucy Sheridan of Robeson County Plaintiff against Noah Oxendine Sally Oxendine Mary Oxendine John Oxendine… View Post
A lot in Fayetteville to Joseph and Phillis...
John P. Leonard to Joseph & Philis Dennis. This indenture made the twenty fourth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen between John P. Leonard of the Town of Fayetteville and State of North Carolina on the one part… View Post
Carter, Revolutionary War soldier.
State of North Carolina, Sampson County } Superior Court of Law Fall Term 1820 On this 25th day of October 1820 Personally appeared in Open Court being a Court of Record held in & for the County of Sampson, Moses Carter(a Man of Colour) aged Sixty Nine… View Post
To Mary Ann Jones and her two children.
Be it remembered that I Henry S. Lloyd of Tarboro North Carolina being of sound mind and memory, but of infirm health do make and publish this my last will and Testament, hereby revoking all other Wills by me at any time heretofore made I direct that all… View Post
Father a slave.
At page 14 of Chi Chi Mills, “Descendants of William Mills Sr. of Onslow County,” www.ncgenweb-data.com/onslow/family, Eliza Ann Mills is listed as the daughter of William Mills and Nancy Whaley. Eliza Ann Mills’ son was William Kelly Mills, born 1836,… View Post
He was conscripted into the Pioneer Troops.
NORTH CAROLINA, ALAMANCE COUNTY. Joseph Owen, being duly sworn, deposes and says that he was a soldier in the Confederate army and was conscripted into the service of the pioneer troops in the summer of 1864, and that he was a soldier in said service of… View Post
Reserving for Itey a life estate.
In the name of God Amen, I, James M. McDuffie being of a sound and disposing mind and memory, blessed be God, though weak and infirm in body make and constitute this my last will and testament Item 1st It is my will and desire that my Executor… View Post
Permission to build a saw and gristmill.
Ord. that William Spalden have leave to Build a Saw & griss Mill in Sd County on Slade Swamp about 150 yds above Rooty Branch. November Term, 1837, Minutes of Columbus County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, North Carolina State Archives. View Post
She has left my bed and board.
Notice Whereas my wife Elizabeth Skipper has left my bed & board without sufficient cause on Wednesday September 3, 1851, I hereby forbid anyone trusting her on my account & anyone harboring her will be dealt with, to the full extent of the law — Silas… View Post
And rapacious, to boot.
Superior Court, Edgecombe County Fred Philips Administrator of Wright Locust Against Augustus Locust, Primmy Washington, Charity Battle, Isham Locust, Harry Locust, Martha Ann Woodley, Mourning Jones, George W. Locust, Jo Anna Locust, Zaney Barnes, and El… View Post
He shall not become chargeable.
State of North Carolina, New Hanover County } Know all men by these presents that we John Waddell, Francis N. Waddell, & John Waddell Jr. are held and firmly bound unto Edward B. Dudley Esqr. Chairman of the County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions,… View Post