Fourth Generation Inclusive

Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

We think they are very good.


The Charlotte Whig publishes several new town ordinances for the town of Charlotte, which we think are very good. 1st. Every free negro of twelve years and upwards, is required to present him or herself for registration, stating age, occupation, &c., &c., upon heavy penalty for failing to do so.  Those who comply, will obtain a certificate, under the protection of which they will be allowed to dwell in safety, upon their good behavior.  They are to pay one dollar for the certificate.  2d. No slave, under any pretence whatever, allowed to hire his or her own time; nor shall any slave go at large at his or her own discretion, by permission of the owner, working for his or herself where and when they please. 

Carolina Watchman, Salisbury, 24 June 1861.

Runaway bound boys.

FIVE CENTS REWARD – Ranaway from the subscriber, living in the county of Wilkes, a bright mulatto boy, named James Carter.  Said boy was bound to the subscriber by the county court of Wilkes.  I will give the above reward for the delivery of said boy to me, but no other charges paid.  J.E. SAINTCLAIR.  Wilkes county, May 2d, 1844

Carolina Watchman, Salisbury, 11 May 1844.

$5 REWARD.  Ranaway from the subscriber in the 12th ultimo, James C. Russel, a bound mulatto Boy, about 17 years old.  Said boy is spare built and about 5 feet 6 or 8 inches high.  The above reward will be given to any person that will bring him to me, or confine him in some jail so that I get him again.  ISAAC N. RICH.  Davie County, Feb. 20, 1850

Carolina Watchman, Salisbury, 6 Mar 1851.

In the 1850 census of Davie County: James C. Russel, 17, laborer, mulatto, in the household of white farmer Isaac N. Rich.  In 1860 Mocksville, Davie County: Jas. Russel, 26, wagoner, wife Caroline, 20, and son John C., 7, plus Sam Kent, 14.