Fourth Generation Inclusive

Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

Month: May, 2013

William Henry Hall, Sr.

Image WILLIAM H. HALL, SR. was the son of Eliza Hall and James B. Woodard, a white man. He is buried in Red Hill cemetery, near Stantonsburg, Wilson County. Beloved father farewell.

Photo taken by Lisa Y. Henderson, May 2013.

[Sidenote: The birthdate on William Hall’s headstone is completely different from that reported in the Lewis Ellis Bible. Of course, neither he nor his family had access to this Bible, and he may not have known his actual birthdate. — LYH]

During a deranged spell.


In the Southeastern part of Lincoln county, on the 2d ultimo, a free mulatto named Thos. Taylor, committed suicide by shooting himself in the throat with a pistol. It took place at the house of Mr. Wm. Hunt. T. was a distiller by trade, and had the fever and ague some three or four weeks, for the cure of which he used spirits, without regard to the time of the fever, This, it is thought, deranged him, and during one of those deranged spells, he committed the act in Mr. Hunt’s yard, and in presence of one of Mr. Hunt’s sons. — Charlotte Democrat.

Iredell Express, Statesville, 3 February 1860.

We cannot come to terms.

State of North Carolina, Wayne County   } Court of Pleas and quarter Session November term 1837

To the worshipful the justices of said Court — The petition of the Wilmington & Raleigh railroad company humbly complaining sheweth unto your worships that the road which they are now constructing will pass through the lands of Adam Wynn of this county, They represent unto your worships that they have not been able to come to any understanding or make any agreement with the owner Adam Wynn as to the terms upon which they may construct their road over his lands They therefore pray that thus court will cause the Sheriff to summon a jury of twelve lawful men to go upon the rout that may be pointed out by the President and Directors or by their agent and say what damage the owner will sustain by the construction of the road allowing or condemning sixty five feet on each side of the base. The jury also taking into consideration the value of the benefit resulting and that may result to the owner from the construction of the road and that the jury make a return to court under hand and seal of their proceedings they first having been duly sworn and your petitioners pray that this court will take all and such other steps touching the premises as may seem necessary and your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray    /s/ W.B. Wright Sol. Pro Pet

Railroad Records, Wayne County Records, North Carolina State Archives.

Sad death of a respected colored citizen.

Sad Death.

Tuesday, February the 19th., Jackson Tabourn an old colored man was found dead in the woods in Ferrell’s Township, two miles above Stanhope. He had been from home and was returning at the time of his death. The cause of his sudden demise is unknown, but it thought that he died a natural death. He was a respected colored citizen and his death is to be deplored.

The Wilson Advance, 20 February 1880.

In the 1850 census of Nash County: Jackson Tayborne, 28, wife Mary, 26, and children Margie A., 9, Emily A., 7, Dossey, 4, and Mardecie, 2.

In the 1860 census of North Western District, Wake County: Jackson Taborn, 45, farm laborer, wife Mary, 46, and children Emily, 17, Mardesia, 13, Dawson, 15, While, 9, Dane, 6, and Joseph, 3.

In the 1880 mortality schedule of Nash County: Jackson Tayborn, 56, colored, died February, apoplexy.

He desires to change.

To the Honorable the Senate & House of Representatives of the State of North Carolina, Greeting

The petition of your servant, who is a free man of color, humbly shews that he is desirous of changing his status and of selling himself to Mr. D. H. Bridgers, so as to reduce himself to a state of slavery and that he may have the protection and support of a master, would humbly pray your honorable body that you would pass some law that would enable him to give legal effect and force to his desire, And your Petitioner will always pray &c    Abisha X Locus

State of North Carolina, Wayne County    } I Jno. R. Hood an acting Justice of the Pace for Wayne County hereby certify that Abisha Locus, a free man of color and a resident of Wayne County voluntarily came before me and signed the above petition of his own free will & accord. Given under my hand and seal this 31st day of August. /s/ John R. Hood

General Assembly Session Records, August-September 1861, box 1, North Carolina State Archives.

In the 1860 census in Cross Roads, Wayne County: B. Locas, 50, distiller, Jonas Capps, 18, and Tilissa Capps, 16, in the household of Henderson Bridgers, 33. No occupation is listed for Bridgers, but he claimed $12,000 in real property and $12,250 in personal property.

The bearer is free.

I Certify that the Bearer hereof Harvey Griffin is the son of Merrim Griffin and that Merrim Griffin is a free person of Colour, Given under my hand the 28th day of November 1831.  /s/ Joseph Spence

Slave Records, Perquimans County, North Carolina State Archives.

The old reliable.


The Old Reliable Barber.

May always be found at his shop on Tarboro Street, where he will be pleased [to] serve his friends and former patrons.

Shaving 10 cts; shaving and cutting hair 30 cents.

The Wilson Advance, 20 February 1880.

Frances Artis Diggs.

ImageFRANCES ARTIS DIGGS was born about 1842 near present-day Eureka, Wayne County, to Eliza Artis and James Yelverton, a white man. She is buried in a small family plot on Watery Branch Road just south of Highway 222 in Wayne County.

Photo by Lisa Y. Henderson, May 2013.

Set off and divide.

State of North Carolina, Wayne County   }  In obedience to an order of Court to me Olin Coor Sheriff directed, Issued from Aug Term 1863. I have proceeded to Summon the following man as commissioners to Set-off and divide the land Deeded to Rody Reed and Isaac Reed by Jno. Hollowell as by reference to said and will more fully show. Viz – Said Rody Reed is to have one fourth of said land and Isaac Reed three fourths which division is in manner and form following to witt viz. –

Beginning for J.P. Rogers (who has become the purchaser of the interest of Said land belonging to Isaac Reed) at a stake on the main run of Aycocks Swamp H.B. Ballance corner and runs N 5 W 272 poles to two small pines Thomas F. Davis & H.B. Ballance’s corner then N 33 E 24 poles to a hickory Said Davis corner then with his line So 70 E 157 ¾ Poles to a Stake then with his line N 55 E 27 poles Stake then South 40 E a strate line to a Stake on the run of Aycocks Swamp then up the various courses of Said run as it meanders to the beginning containing one hundred and ninty five acres Also one other tract adjoining the lands of Said Ballance & others beginning at a maple in a small branch then up said branch 30 poles to a black Gum the dividing corner between Said Rogers and Rody Read then down the run of Said branch to a white Oak then N 86 E 72 poles to the beginning continuing twenty and one fourth acres.

Beginning for Rody Reed at a Stake on the run of Aycocks Swamp the corner of said J.P. Rogers and runs with his line N 40 W 59 poles to a State said Rogers corner in Thomas F. Davis’ line then N 55 E 18 poles to a Sassafras then N 27 ½ W 60 poles to a maple on the run of Newsums Branch then down the run of said Branch as it meanders to the run of Aycocks Swamp then up the run of said Swamp as it meanders to the beginning, containing Seventy two acres Also another tract adjoining the Lands of said Davis and others. Beginning at a black Gum said Rogers’s corner then with his line S 82 W 33 poles to a small sweet Gum in a small branch then up said to a pine said Davis’s corner then N 82 E 21 poles to a Small black Gum at the head of a Small drain then down the same as it meanders to the beginning, containing five and one fourth acres.

Al of which is respectfully submitted under our hands and Seals this the 24th day of Aug 1863  /s/ Henry Martin, W.P. Peacock, H.B. Ballance, L.J. Sauls

Witness O. Coor Sheriff

Recording Docket Book 14, page 9. Office of Clerk of Superior Court, Wayne County Courthouse, Goldsboro.

Application for a licence for a marriage.

ImageThe marriage license of Josiah Hagans and Anna Lomack of Cumberland County.

Marriage Bonds, Cumbelrand County Records, North Carolina State Archives.

In the 1840 census of Cumberland County: Josiah Hagans heads a household consisting of 1 male aged 36-55, 1 male aged 55-100, 5 females under age 10, and 1 female aged 24-36; all free people of color.