Free negroes and mulattoes frequently mustered.

by Lisa Y. Henderson

State of No Ca, Johnston County }

Personally appeared before me one of the Justices of the peace in and for said county William Bryan of said county and state and having been duly sworn doth on his oath declare and say, that in the times of out Revolutionary War free negroes and mulattoes mustered in the ranks with white men in said State, at least in that part of the State in which he then resided, and in which Holiday Hethcock then resided, to wit in the county of Johnston. This affiant has frequently mustered in company with said free negroes and mulattoes, and he believes he has mustered with the Said Holiday Hethcock, That class of persons were equally liable to draft, and frequently volunteered in the Public Service.  This affiant was in the army a short time at Wilmington at the time Craig was near that place, and remembers that one mulatto was in his company as a common soldier whose name Archibald Artis.  This affiant has always known the said Holiday Hethcock, and has always understood that he was in the army of the Revolution.

Sworn to and subscribed this 29th day of November 1834.  William Bryan

From the file of Holiday Hethcock, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, National Archives and Records Administration.