Fourth Generation Inclusive

Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

One-eyed boy missing.


A free Black-Boy named BILL.

Twelve or thirteen years of age, has but one eye; formerly of the slaves belonging to the Estate of Col. WM. THOMPSON of Beaufort, Carteret County. – Said boy was placed by his mother under the care of SAM WHITNEY; who passes for a free negro in the Town of Newbern. – Said Boy disappeared about the 2nd Monday in March last, nor has his mother or any one been able to obtain any account of him. – If any information of said boy can be lodged by any one with the Editor of this paper he would thereby subserve the cause of humanity & probably of public Justice.   Newbern, 11th April, 1818.

Carolina Federal Republican, Newbern, 11 April 1818.

A gang of bold rascals.

ROGUES CAUGHT. – A few nights ago the smoke-house of Thos. J. Curtis, in this vicinity, was robbed of some 1000 lbs. of bacon, by a gang of bold rascals who it seems took a carry-all to the spot to bring off some of their plunder. Mr. C. the next day ferreted out some of the rogues, had two of them – Enoch Manuel, a free negro, and Isaac Hobbs, a slave – arrested and committed to jail, and recovered nearly half of the bacon. He deserve [sic] the thanks of the public for his energy.

Carolina Observer, Fayetteville, 31 March 1862.

In the 1860 census of Fayetteville, Cumberland County: Caroline Manuel, 25, Enoch Manuel, 35, boat man, and Clarissa Manuel, 10. But also: Clement G. White, 35, lawyer, his wife Annett, 25, and Enoch Manuel, 36, farm hand.

A sad disaster.

A SAD DISASTER. – We are pained to announce another fatal steamboat explosion on the Cape Fear. The boiler of the Kate McLaurin, a new and handsome freight and passenger boat, exploded on Tuesday morning last about 4 0’clock, at the Little Sugar Loaf, about 50 miles below this place, by which Capt. W.T. Evans and three hands lost their lives. Capt. Evans is supposed to have been thrown 75 or 100 feet into a cane-brake, which being overflowed in the high state of the river, his body was not found when we last heard. Charles, a free boy of color, is supposed to have been thrown into the river. William, a negro man belonging to Mr. Duncan McLaurin, was blown over the top of the new Steamer A.P. Hurt, which was delivering hoods at a landing near by. Capt. Hurt very promptly had picked up, alive; he was brought to town on the Hurt, but died before he could be landed from the boat. The third boat hand lost was a free boy named John Henry Hayes, who was unhurt in the explosion, but was drowned in attempting to swim ashore.

At the time of the explosion the Kate was just in rear of the A.P. Hurt; both boats were stationary – the Hurt had stopped to land a box, the Kate came up and made an effort to pass, but not finding sufficient room had backed down a few feet.

Great credit is awarded to Capt. A.P. Hurt for his kindness to the crew of the ill-fated steamer.

The Kate drifted about 33 miles down stream and was then tied up by the men who remained on board. Most of the cargo was insured – all of it ought to have been. The boat is supposed to be not very greatly injured, and nothing in a pecuniary view distressing about it, in comparison with the sad loss of life.

The Kate McLaurin belonged to Messrs. Orrell & Dailey, cost perhaps $6,000, and had been running less than six months.

Carolina Observer, Fayetteville, 4 June 1860.