Fourth Generation Inclusive

Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

William Burnett’s estate.

William Burnett died 2 May 1881.  His estate was opened in May 1881 by administrator A.K. Smedes and, at final account, was valued at $1049.84.  Items removed from the rooms Burnett kept over J.N. Edwards’ store in Goldsboro included a barber chair and rest, a barber pole, four spittoons, two looking glasses, a pistol, and various items of furniture.  He also had two lots on Pine Street.  The estate file contains considerable information about Burnett’s family, which sued Smedes over his handling of the estate.  Burnett died without a widow, children or grandchildren.  Heirs were his sisters Mary Nixon, Betsy Burk, Elizabeth Burnett and Eliza Burden; nieces Delitha Burnett and Melitha Arnold, Amy Anne Stevens and Mary J. Dortch; and Susan Burnett. (Her relationship to William is not specified, and ultimately she did not receive a share of the estate.)  Brothers-in-law mentioned in the documents were George A. Burden, Solomon Hill, Geo. Arnold, and Whitt Dortch.  Also mentioned, William’s mother Elizabeth Burnett.

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

Spaulding’s farm.

William Spaulding.  30 improved acres, 670 unimproved acres, value $700. Implements valued at $25. One horses. 6 milch cows. 1 ox. 6 other cattle. 19 sheep. 15 swine. Livestock valued at $156. 125 bushels, Indian corn. 400 lbs., rice. 2 lbs., tobacco. 20 lbs., wool. 10 bushels, peas and beans. 100 bushels, Irish potatoes. 15 lbs., butter. Household utensils valued at $10. Slaughtered animals valued at $75.

1850 agricultural schedule, Columbus County. [Sidenote: Spaulding’s household was listed in the population schedule of Bladen County, rather than Columbus. — LYH]

Charles was born free, but is now confined in jail as a runaway slave.

United States of America

State of Maryland, to wit:

I, Samuel Farnandis, Notary Public, by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the State of Maryland, Commissioned and duly Qualified, residing in the City of Baltimore, in the State aforesaid, do hereby CERTIFY, ATTEST, and MAKE KNOWN, that on the day of the date hereof, personally appeared Thomas Wilson and made oath on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God that he knew and was personally acquainted with a Negor Boy named Charles Rigby, now aged twenty two to twenty four years old black complexion, five feet two to five feet four Inches high, has one tooth broke in front, has a long face and large Head; that he knows the said Boy Charles to be free, and that he was born free, that he lived in his Family from the time he was about one year old until about four years since; said Wilson further saith he was understood and verily believes that the said Charles is now confined in Jail in the State of North Carolina as a Runaway Slave.    /s/ Thomas Wilson

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, the said deponent hath hereunto subscribed his name, and I the said Notary have hereunto set my hand, and affixed my Notarial Seal, the Eighteenth day of August in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty Six   /s/ Saml. Farnandis, Not’y Pub.


Charles Rigby Was born in Harford County and lived with Thomas Jenney until he was about 8 or 9 years old the most of the balance with me or under my controle he sail’d with Captain Bernard Johnson in the Schooner Christopher Hughes ran away & was taken and put in Fredericksburg jail I think he is hardly to tall as is mentioned in Mr. Farnandes instrument

Balt August 18th 1836                     Respectfully Yours, &&c, Thos. Wilson

Chowan County Records, North Carolina State Archives.

Ordered that Charlotte is emancipated.

State of North Carolina

New Hanover County

Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions,

March Term 1805

Upon the petition of Ann Quince & James Walker, Sen’r for the emancipation of a female slave named Charlotte. Ordered that the said Charlotte is emancipated and set free from slavery and that hereafter bear and be known by the name of Charlotte Quince.

A true copy from the minutes.

Anthony B. Toomer, Clk

Wilmington Gazette, 16 April 1805.

Julius & Bisco Hagans.

ImageImage JULIUS HAGANS and BISCO HAGANS were sons of Richard Hagans and Alice Ann Faithful Hagans, who married in 1849 in Edgecombe County. They are buried in a family plot in Elm City’s black cemetery.

Photo by Lisa Y. Henderson, May 2013.

In the 1860 census of Edgecombe County: Rich’d Hagans, 33, wife Alley, 31, and children Laurence, 10, Laura, 8, Margaret, 6, Richard, 5, Neely, 3, and Charles H., 3 months.