Acount of Sale of the Property of Bethana Jones

by Lisa Y. Henderson

Image“Acount of the Sale of the Property of Bethana Jones Dest: Sold the 28 of December 1852 on a Credit of Six months the Percher to give Note With Two Approved Suritis before the Rite Con is Changed Sold by Bengamin Simpson a Special Admin”

Bethana Jones was a prosperous farmer, matriarch of a sprawling family that knit all of southern Nash and western Wilson Counties’ major free colored families, including Joneses, Blackwells, Powells, Evanses, and Locuses.  Kinsmen purchasing goods from her estate included Willis Jones, Jacob Jones, William Jones, Asberry Blackwell, Dempsey Powell, Shadrach Jones, and Joseph Jones. This is the first page of three.

Estate Records, Records of Wilson County, North Carolina State Archives.