Fourth Generation Inclusive

Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

Isaac Edens was free born.

Sarah Bennet [Burnet?] duly sworn that she lived at Nus River in North Carolina in Onslow Co. in the year 1775, that she was well acquainted with a woman by the name of Ann Edens and the said Ann Edens was delivered of a black child who is now Isaac Edens. The said Anna Edens employed the deponent to raise her child and this deponent did so until he the said Isaac was 21 years of age and the said Isaac Edens was free born as his mother was a white woman. July Ct. Term 1799

11 July 1799              /s/ Sarah X Bennet [Burnet]

Wayne County Estates, Vol. B, Part 11, 1795-1807, page 300.


Chapter 111. An Act Concerning Slaves and Free Persons of Color.

Sec. 74. Who shall be deemed free negroes.  All free mulattoes, descended from negro ancestors to the fourth generation inclusive, though one ancestor of each generation may have been a white person, shall come within the provisions of this act.

Revised Statutes of North Carolina, 1837.