Craven County Apprentices, 1805-09.
by Lisa Y. Henderson
On 16 March 1805, Joshua Dove, a free person of colour aged 6 years 28 next May, was bound to Thomas Austin as a cooper.
On 10 September 180, William Parrish, a free person of colour aged 5 years last April, was bound to Shadrach Davis as a cooper.
On 13 December 1805, Jeremiah Godett, a free person of colour aged one year last March, was bound to George Godett as a cooper.
On 11 September 1806, William Lewis, free boy of color aged 13 years, was bound to Richard Harden as a tailor.
On 9 June 1807, Israel Harris, a free person of color aged 15 years, was bound to Jane Carney as a cooper.
On 10 [June] 1807, Loftin Chance, a free boy of color aged 9 years, was bound to Thomas Roe as a cooper.
On 10 June 1807, John Dove, a free black boy aged 14 years, was bound to John C. Stanly as a brick maker.
On 13 September 1808, Ann Cooper, a free girl of color, was bound to John C. Stanly as a spinster.
On 12 December 1808, Gatsy Davis, a free baseborn girl of color aged 9 years, was bound to John M. Oliver as a spinster.
On 15 March 1809, Caleb Copes and Jacob Copes, free boys of color, were bound to James Dukes as ship carpenters.
On 15 March 1809, James Dove, a free person of color aged 15 years and 6 months, was bound to Joseph Sparrow as a boat builder.
On 12 September 1809, Jessy Powers, a free boy of color aged 9 years in March 1810, was bound to William Mitchell as a farmer.
On 13 September 1809, Jacob Carter, a free boy of color aged 15 years in December 1809, was bound to Joseph Physioc as a cooper.
Hi, I’m a direct descendent of a free black couple named William Godett and Elizabeth Willis in Craven County, North Carolina. I was wondering if these too could be my ancestors? Do you know much about the Godett family?