A marriage, two houses and money.

by Lisa Y. Henderson

Alexander Flanner filed claim #8852 with the Southern Claims Commission.  He was from New Hanover County.  An official noted that Flanner was a colored man formerly the slave of Joseph H. Flanner of Wilmington.  Before leaving for Europe in March 1865, Joseph Flanner secured a marriage for Alexander to a free woman of color and gave him money and two houses.  Alexander Flanner worked as a drayman until the federal occupation of Wilmington.