Fourth Generation Inclusive

Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

Matthew Aldridge.

ImageMATTHEW ALDRIDGE was the son of Robert and Mary Eliza Balkcum Aldridge. He is buried in Elmwood cemetery, Goldsboro.

Photo taken by Lisa Y. Henderson, March 2013.

Three women emancipated.

Captions of the Laws Passed by the General Assembly of North-Carolina, in December, 1812.


1. An act to Emancipate a Negro girl named Violet.

2. To emancipate Isabella and Jane, two Negro slaves belonging to the estate of James Allen, deceased.

Star, Raleigh, 25 December 1812.

Colored Baptist Church.

Samuel Sampson and his wife, Maria sold a plot of land on Warsaw Road (now College Street) for a sum of $60.00 paid by members of the Colored Baptist Church conveyed unto Balam Best, Warren Holmes, and Boyt (Boyette) Robinson chosen as trustees and their successors by the Colored Church, deeded February 23, 1870 and registered by Probate Judge J. H. Morrisey on April 26, 1879; Deed Book 37 Pages 493-494.

Hardy Bunting, Cato Brunson, Balam Best, Warren Holmes, Daniel Moore, Agrippa Bizzell, Ronnie Bennett, and Unus Hubbard became the first deacons of the church and their wives, Sarah Bunting, Jane Brunson, Elizabeth Holmes, Eliza Moore, Edith Bizzell, Rosa Bennett, and Alice Hubbard were the first Mothers of the church.

Excerpt from history of First Baptist Church of Clinton,

In the 1850 census of Northern District, Sampson County: Polly Bizzell, 37, and children Griffith, 8, Ann, 6, Penelope, 4, and Claudius, 3. In the 1860 census of Clinton, Sampson County: Holland, 21, Agrippa, 18, Ann, 16, Penelope, 14, and Claudius B. Bizzell, 12, in the household of William E. Draughorn, farmer.

Articles collected.


Messrs. Editors: — Below please find a list of reports handed to me by one of the officers of the Deep River Soldiers’ Aid Society. Please insert in your paper.

Articles Collected by Mrs. J.C. Hooker and Miss P.C. Harris. — … Lydia Goins, (free negress,) lot pepper, soap and balm; Lydia Ransom, (free negress,) lot sage, catnip and bearfoot …

Carolina Observer, Fayetteville, 28 October 1861.

Notice of estate.


The subscriber having qualified as Administrator of the Estate of John Jackson, deceased, a free man of colour; all persons indebted to the Estate are requested to make payment immediately and those having claims to present their accounts properly attested for payment.  THEOPHILUS HUNTER, Adm’r.

Wake county, June 6.


State of North-Carolina, Wake county  }       May Sessions, 1807.

A PAPER purporting to contain the nuncupative last Will of John Jackson, deceased, a man of colour, was exhibited to open Court, for probate and it being suggested that the relatives of John Jackson (if any) are not inhabitants of this state: It is therefore ordered, the publication be made in the Minerva for three months, notifying such relatives, that the Court will proceed at the next term to pass upon the probate of the said Will,

Copy from the minutes, WM. HILL, Clk

Raleigh Minerva, 11 June 1807.