We know nothing against his character.

by Lisa Y. Henderson

State of North carolina Wayne County

To the Worshipful Court of please & Quarter Sessions at May Term 1854 Stephen Evans A Free Man of Couler Wishes the Court to grant him the privilege of Hunting With a Gun For the purpose of killing Game For Twelve months We the undersigned Subscribers has Bein Well a Quainted with Stephen Evans For the Last two years & Know Nothing Against his character

M.G. Harrell

George Flowers

Solomon Rouse

W.G. Martin

Stephen Evans, age 27, appears in Nathan Evans’ household in the 1850 census of Wayne County, north side of the Neuse.

Records of Slaves and Free People of Color, Wayne County Records, North Carolina State Archives.