Fourth Generation Inclusive

Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

Sarah “Sallie” Greenfield Winn.


SARAH GREENFIELD WINN was born about 1820, probably in southeast Wayne County.  She married Gray Winn about 1835 and was widowed in 1850.  Their children were Elizabeth Winn Simmons, Edward James Winn, Eliza Winn, Penny Winn Simmons, Ally Winn and Washington Francis Winn. She died in 1909 and is buried near her son Edward in a small family graveyard near Dudley in Wayne County.

Photograph by Lisa Y. Henderson, March 2013.

In the 1850 census of South Side of the Neuse, Wayne County: Sally Winn, 30, and children Betsey, 14, Edw’d J., 12, Eliza, 10, Penny, 6, Ally, 4, and Washington, 1.

James, an industrious, sober and honest barber and hairdresser.

State of North Carolina, Chowan County  }   June Term 1795

To the worshipful the County Clerk of Please and Quarter Sessions for the County of Chowan the petition of John Cunningham Humbly Sheweth that your petitioners Father died when he was very Young leaving a Valuable but unproductive Estate for the Support of your Petitioner and his Mother, consisting principally of Young Slaves, among whom is a Mulatto Male Slave by the Name of James, the profits of whose labour, has greatly if not principally contributed to the Maintenance & Support of your Petitioner thru a long Minority and an expensive course of Education. Your petitioner further Sheweth that the great profit which he has derived from the labour of the said Slave James has been owing as well to the great assiduity and attention of the said James in acquiring & presenting himself in the Trade of Mystery of a Barber & Hair Dresser as to his Industry sobriety and honesty Your petitioner further Sheweth that during a very dangerous and lingering Sickness last Spring (1794) the attention of the said James was such as cannot fail to inspire the highest gratitude in him in consideration whereof and as a reward for the past faithful Services of the said James, your Petitioner is willing and desirous to Manumit or set him free conceiving that no less a reward will be commiserate to the Services rendered, but as to guard against the great injuries & inconvenienced which might result from the indiscriminate Manumission of Slaves the legislature have Wisely provided that no Slave shall be manumitted except for Meritorious services to be approved of by the County Court, your petitioner is prevented from effecting his intentions without the aid and assistance of your Worships. May it thereof please your Worships taking the past character and faithful and meritorious Services of the said James into consideration to order & Decree that he may be Manumitted & Set free agreeable to the Directions of the act of the General Assembly in Such Cases Made and provided And your petitioner as in Duty bound shall ever pray &c.     John Cunningham

Miscellaneous Slave Records, Chowan County Records, North Carolina State Archives.

He went immediately among free negroes.


RAN AWAY from the Subscriber, on Saturday the 1st inst., my negro fellow named SHADRACH, he is about 21 years of age, five feet seven or eight inches high, well made and proportioned, a dark copper colour, talks rather slow when spoken to, is very likely, if any scars not remembered, and had on when he left an osnaburg shirt and pantaloons (considerably worn,) and old straw hat. I understood he went immediately on Neuse, Craven County, among the free negroes and called himself Jim Sampson and took passage in some boat for Newbern, no doubt he will try to get to the north in some vessel.

All persons are forewarned from harboring, or carrying him away under the penalty of the law, which will certainly be enforced against those who violate its provisions in such case made and provided. The above reward will be paid to any person for lodging him in any jail in this State so that I get him again.

DAVID L. JONES. Carteret County, August 5th, 1840.

Newbern Spectator and Literary Journal, 8 August 1840.

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

Gid Bowser. Died 12 Aug 1925, Roanoke Rapids, Halifax County. Colored. Widower of Everlyn Robinson. Born 1 February 1857 in Halifax County to Tom Bowser and Rocksana Manly. Buried Halifax County. Informant, Willis Bowser.

Elizabeth Burn. Died 15 December 1917, Roanoke Rapids, Halifax County. Colored. Widow. Born 13 September 1860 in Halifax County to Tom Bowser and Roxana Manly. Buried Halifax County. Informant, W. Frank Bowser.

In the 1860 census of Western District, Halifax County: Thomas Bowser, 47, wife Roxanna, 27, and children Gideon, 3, and Penny E., 2.

James Christopher Toney. Died 19 September 1923, Roanoke Rapids, Halifax County. Resided Rosemary Street. Colored. Married to Hattie T. Toney. Farmer. Born 15 January 1857 in Halifax County to Hilliard Toney and Jane Bowser. Buried Toney cemetery. Informant, Vivian Toney.

In the 1860 census of Western District, Halifax County: Hilliard Toney, 45, wife Jane, 28, and Kinchen, 8, Orsborn, 5, and James, 2. 

Isiah Bowser. Died 22 January 1916, Roanoke Rapids, Halifax County. Colored. Married. Farm help. About 58 years old. Born Halifax County to Eaton Bowser and Sallie Bowser. Informant, John Carter.

In the 1860 census of Western District, Halifax County: Eaton Bowser, 34, farmer, wife Lucinda, 27, and children Rebecca, 9, Sallie, 8, George, 5, William, 3, and unknown, 3 months.

James Bowser. Died 1 November 1925, Poplar Branch, Currituck County. Born 9 August 1849, Currituck County to Jonas Bowser and Matilia Case.

In the 1860 census of Powells Point, Currituck County: Jonas Bowser, 37, laborer, wife Mahala, 33, and son James, 10.