Fourth Generation Inclusive

Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

Onslow County Apprentices, 1813-16.

Asa Hammonds was bound to Joseph Mitchell in 1813.

Asa Hammonds married Charlotte Jarman on 28 Oct 1817 in Onslow County. Joseph Mitchell was bondsman and Banister Lester, witness.  The 1820 census of L.R. Lands [Lower Richlands] district, Onslow County, lists an Asa Hammonds as the head of a household that comprised one male aged 26-45, one male under age 10, one female aged 16-26 and one female under age 10, all white.  The 1860 census of Lower South West district, Onslow County shows Asa Hammonds, 65, in the household of Calton Boon, 52, wife Catherine, 40, and children John, 6, and Elizabeth Boon, 4.

James Shepard was bound to Hill Williams in 1813.

John Waldron was bound to Edward Erwin in 1813.

James Shepard, son of Betsy Shepard, a white woman, was bound to John Johnston in 1814.

Joshua Whitehurst was bound to Whitehead Humphrey in 1816.

Frederick Potter was bound to Daniel Bradham in 1816.

In the 1850 census, of Tuckahoe, Jones County: Frederick Potter, 50, wife Laney, 58, plus Thursey Cummings, 26, and Lewis Cummings, 1, all mulatto.  Frederick Potter married Elany Cummings on 10 January 1835 in Duplin County.

Apprenticeship Records, Records of Onslow County, North Carolina State Archives; Onslow County Marriages, Register of Deeds, Onslow County; Duplin County Marriages, Register of Deeds, Duplin County; US population schedules.

Petition to free a dutyful wife.

State of North Carolina, Northampton County court, June term 1801.

To the worshipful the Justices of said court, the humble petition Len Kenchen free Negroe humbly complaining Shewing that he the said Len, upwards to ten years ago, purchased of a Mr. Robert Armstead, of Scotland Neck, a negroe woman called Rebecca for the sum of £45 Virg Curcy, and which said negroe, your petr. Len, had as wife, upwards of 15 years previous to said purchase, and until the present day.  And your petr. further shews that he the said Len and the said Rebecca previous to said purchase and until this date has always behaved herself as a dutyful wife and as a faithful servant.  Your petitioner therefore prays your worships will agreeable to the spirit and meaning of the act of assembly in such case Made, liberate and set free the said Rebecca, and your petitioner as in duty bound will pray   /s/ J.H. Keys

Records of Slaves and Free Persons of Color, Northampton County Records, North Carolina State Archives.