He says that he is free, but cannot make it appear.

by Lisa Y. Henderson

NOTICE.  There is in the common jail in Jones County, N.C., a negro man aged about 20 years, dark copper color, about 150 pounds, says his name is JOHN CARY, and came from Princess Anne county, Va., to Gates county, N.C., and worked with Nathan Parker for some time, then went to Craven county and worked on the Atlantic and N.C. R.R., then to Jones county. He says that he is free, but cannot make it appear, and also he is indicted as a free negro for migrating into the State.  The owner is notified to come forward, prove property, pay charges, and take him away, or he will be dealt with according to law.   J.H. NETHERCUTT, Sheriff.  May 15, 1860.

Weekly Standard, Raleigh, 16 May 1860.