Onslow County apprentices, 1810.
by Lisa Y. Henderson
The following free children of color were apprenticed in Onslow County in 1810:
Charles, Nancy and Ezekiel Chance, children of Charity Chance, to Williams Cox.
Thomas Corbett to Hardy Gregory.
Elisha, son of Sall [no last name] to James Orril.
Rachel, Sam, Billy, Harriet and Polly Smith, children of Margaret Smith, to John Ballard.
George, son of Hannah, [no last name] to William Murrell. Father a slave of Murrell.
Apprenticeship Records, Onslow County Records, North Carolina State Archives.
I am particularly interested in the “George, son of Hannah, to William Murrell. Father a slave of murrell” statement. What is the meaning of the latter statement?
That Hannah, a free woman of color, had a son George by an enslaved man who belonged to William Murrell. Murrell bound the boy, who was free like his mother, as an involuntary apprentice.
Would love more info on Ezekiel Chance and familu
Wish I could help, but I know nothing further.