She hath been arrested.

by Lisa Y. Henderson

State of North Carolina Chatham county

We Lucretia Evans & Philip Hartsoe, acknowledge ourselves indebted to the State of North Carolina in the sum of Fifty pounds each, to be levied on our goods & chattles, Land & tenaments, But to be void on condition that the said Lucretia Evans makes her personal appearance at the next county Court for Chatham to be held on 2nd Monday of August next, and not depart the said court without leave, and to answer the within charge – This 25th June, 1826.   Lucretia X Evans {Seal}

Teste. Jon: Haralson , Philip Hartso


State of North Carolina, Chatham County

Thos. Lasater, one of the Justices of the peace for the said County To the keeper of the common Jail of the County af’d.

Whereas Lucretia Evans a free woman of the County af’d. hath been arrested by the lawful authority of the af’d County and brought before me charg’d with entering the house of Vicy Mason and feloneaus stealing and carrying away a web of cloth for which offence she has been duly examined before me and the presumption is she is guilty thereof.

These is therefore to command you the keeper to receive the said Lucretia Evans in your Jail there to remain until she shall be delivered by due course of law, given under my hand this 26th of June 1826   Thos. Lasater

Records of Slaves and Free Persons of Color, Chatham County Records, North Carolina State Archives.