Examination of the Negroes charged with insurrection.
by Lisa Y. Henderson
Memorandum of the examination of the Negroes charged with insurrection — 1831
At the Methodist meeting house in Onslow County in the neighbourhood of the Rich lands Col Daniel M Dulany, Returned to Jesse Sandlin, Wm H Thompson, John B Thompson, Thomas Battle, James Thompson, Lewis T Oliver, James Glenn, and William Humphrey Esq’rs the following negros, whose names will be hereafter mentioned charged with conspiracy or insurrection, Sept 20th 1831
Jacob charged with conspiracy by the testimony of Aron (who pleads not Guilty)
Aron Sworn – so he says that Jacob was talking of the negroes rising on the whites about 3 weeks ago on Friday night, that if they rose he had a pretty Good sword, that he would be amongst them, that Ben Rhodes had a gun and sword and Dudley’s Ben had a gun, and since that time at Mr. Hawkins he Jacob wished that the Camp Meeting was nearer than it was, so that he might aid in destroying the whites, that he Jacob, Ben Rhodes & Ben Dudley and Charles were to be the head leaders, and that they wishes to get as many to assist them as they could.
Upon the evidence let Jacob be committed
Tony charged with conspiracy and insurrections –
Aron witness swears that he heard Tony say that he expected that at a Camp Meeting to be held at this place the negroes would rise upon the whites, and that he intended to go to Newbern, when he could get guns swords and other armes, as he had none here
Upon the evidence let Tony be committed
Nathan, the Property of Edw’d Williams, who pleads not Guilty, as an insurgent
Aron Sworn – At Mr Hawkins on Sunday he saw Nathan, who spoke of being at a camp meeting, and expected that at that time the negroes would rise, but did not say anything about his joining them Upon the evidence let him be committed
Jim the property of Edw’d Koonce charged with conspiracy & insurrection
Nathan House Swears that in a conversation between him and Jim, who sayd to Nathan that the Negroes might take the whites who replied and said how was that possible when the negroes had no guns or weapons.
Upon the evidence let him have 39 lashes
Abram charged with Conspiracy &c, who pleads not Guilty, let him be acquitted.
Simon charged with Conspiracy &c, who pleads not Guilty, let him be acquitted.
Jerry Murray charged with Conspiracy &c, who pleads not Guilty, let him be acquitted.
David Tragel charged with Conspiracy &c, who pleads not Guilty, let him be acquitted.
Bill Trasel charged with Conspiracy &c, who pleads not Guilty, let him be acquitted.
Anthony Rowe charged with Conspiracy &c, who pleads not Guilty, let him be acquitted.
Mariah charged and acquitted.
Ward Humphrey charged as above, pleads not guilty, let him be acquitted.
Joshua Whitehurst charged as before pleads not guilty, let him be dismissed.
John Phillips Charged as before pleads not guilty, let him be acquitted.
Slaves Records, Onslow County Records, North Carolina State Archives.