Free-Issue Death Certificates: ARTIS, no. 2.

by Lisa Y. Henderson

Lucinda Allen.  Died 1 October 1922, Flea Hill, Cumberland County.  Negro. Widow of William Allen.  90 years old. Daughter of unknown father and Lila Artist.  Buried in McPhail cemetery.  Informant, W.B. Allen.

In the 1850 census of Eastern Division, Cumberland County: Delila Artis, 63, with children and grandchildren, Mariah, 27, Lucinda, 20, Eliza, 30, Irvin, 13, Druzilla, 5, and Haywood, 1; all mulatto.  In the 1860 census of Cumberland East, Cumberland County: Wm Allen, 34, wife Louisa, 28, and children William G., 13, Marsha, 9,  Kisiah, 5, and Peter, 1 month; all black.

Martha Ann Allen, Died 29 August 1915, Flea Hill, Cumberland County. Black. Married. Born 1847 in NC to Jad Boone and Perniesa Artis.  Informant, M.E. Allen.

Pernecine Boone.  Died 14 April 1918, Fayetteville, Cumberland County. Resided Haymarket Hill. Colored. Married. 98 years old. Born in NC to John Artis and Bersalla Artis. Informant, Tom Johnson, Fayetteville.

In the 1860 census of Cumberland East, Cumberland County: Jerre Boon, 30, wife Pernetha, 25, and children Martha A., 3, and Harriet M., 6 months; all mulatto.

Ned Artis.  Died 21 October 1917, Falkland, Pitt County.  Colored. Single.  Born 1831, Wilson County, to Arch Artis and Rose Artis of Wilson County.  Buried Wilson County.  Informant, Joe Artis, Fountain NC. Undertaker, Jessee Artis, Wilson.

Tamar Bynum.  Died 25 December 1923, Wilson, Wilson County. Colored. Widow of George Bynum.  Age 77.  Born Wilson County to Arch Artis and Rosa Artis, both of Wilson County.  Informant, Rosa Bynum.

In the 1850 census of Edgecombe County, 55 year-old Arch Artis, “mulatto free.”  He was blind and lived alone. In the 1860 census of Gardners, Wilson County: Arch Artis, 65, described as blind, was listed in the household of white farmer Calvin Woodard, 32. Arch was free, but his wife Rosa and chidren were not.

Mandie Artis.  Died 20 November 1920, Roanoke, Northampton County. Colored. Widow of Jim Artis. Age 85. Born in the country to Squir Walden and Kimpie Walden.  Buried Lassiters cemetery.  Informant, Lam Artis, Jackson NC.

In the 1850 census of Northampton County: Squire Walden, 38, laborer; wife Temperance, 34; and children Samuel, 14, William, 13, Amanda, 12, Martha, 11, James, 9, Hester, 8, Payton, 5, and Whitman, 5, plus William Walden, 78, farmer, who claimed to own $498 property. All were described as mulatto.  Squire Walden married Tempy James on 28 March 1832 in Halifax County. 

June Bowes.  Died 19 June 1914, Murrays Neck, Hertford County. Negro. Widow.  Born 1827 to Hardy Artis and Polly Artis, both of Murrays Neck.  Informant, Henry Wilson, Murfreesboro.

Jane Sauls. Died 16 December 1928, Stantonsburg, Wilson County. Black. Widow of John Sauls. Born 1842 in Greene County to Guy Lane and Sylvania Artis. Buried Union Grove cemetery, Wayne County. Informant, Anna Sauls.

Mariah Swinson. Died 6 February 1955, Goldsboro, Wayne County.  Resided 500 Creech Street. Negro Widow. Born 14 February 1849 in NC to Daniel Artis and unknown mother. Informant, Mrs. Mary Swinson.

In the 1850 census of Greene County, Sylvany Artess, 36, listed with her children Daniel, 7, Mitchel, 5, Meriah, 4, Gui, 2, and Penny, 3 months; all black.  Her husband, Guy Lane, was a slave.  Was “Meriah” Sylvania’s niece, rather than daughter? In the 1860 census of Bull Head, Greene County, 40 year-old Dannel Artis, a ditcher, was listed next door to white farmer John Lane, in whose household several of Sylvania’s children lived.

Jonah Williams. Died 20 April 1915, Wilson, Wilson County. Colored. Widow. Born 25 Oct 1844 in Greene County to Solomon Williams and Vicie Artist.  Minister. Informant, Clarissa Williams, Wilson NC.

In the 1850 census of Greene County, Vicy Artess, 40, listed with children Zilpha, 22, Louis, 8, Jonah, 7, Jethro, 5, and Richard, 1.

Tabitha Hagins.  Died 19 November 1927, Kinston, Lenior County. Resided 509 Thompson. Colored. Widow. Born 1837 in Wayne County to Arion Seaberry and unknown mother. Buried Pikeville NC. Informant, Rev. J.H. Sampson.

In the 1850 census, North of Neuse, Wayne County, Aaron Seaberry, 32, farmhand, is listed with wife Louisa, stepson Napoleon [Hagans], daughter Frances, and 17 year-old Celia Seaberry, whose relationship to him is unknown.  In 1860, in Davis, Wayne County, Aaron Seaberry is listed with wife Eliza and Frances. Perhaps Tabitha was his daughter by an enslaved woman and was herself a slave.