She is of free parents.
by Lisa Y. Henderson
North Carolina, Edgcombe County } To the Sheriff of Edgcombe County Greeting; You are hereby commanded that, you Summon Thomas Hodges of your said County if to be found in your Bailiwic personally to appear before the Justices of the County Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions to be held for the same on the fourth monday in November next then & there to shew Cause by what Right title or claim he holdeth in Slavery, a young Woman of mixed Blood named Bet (Elizabeth) who by Thomas Hall her Attorney Suggests that she is of free Parents & entitled to freedom — And have then & there this Writ; Witness Edward Hall Clerk of sd. Court, the [blank] Day of [blank] ann Dom’o 1780, in the 5th year of Independency Edw’d Hall C.C.
Edgecombe County Records, North Carolina State Archives.