Fourth Generation Inclusive

Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

Better late ….


The Items were Contained in the Measure Reported to the Senate Yesterday.


By Parker R. Anderson.

Washington, March 20. – The following North Carolina items were carried in the civil war claims bill which was reported to the senate: …Hardy A. Brewington, administrator of the estate of Raiford Brewington, deceased, late of Sampson County, $530 …

Greensboro Daily News, 21 March 1914.

Please inquire into the fact of his natural freedom.

Unto the Worshipful the Justices of the County Court of Perquimans

The Petition of Negroe Dick at present confined in the Common Gaol of the County: — by the next friend John Smith.

Most Humbly Sheweth That your Petr. has been taken up by Sundrey Persons supposing him to have been a Slave the property of John Smith one of the people called Quakers and illegally liberated by him.

That your Petr. Is at present confined in Gaol under the acts of Assembly 1777 and 1779.

Sheweth that your Petr. Grandmother, Betty was an Indian, a free woman by the Laws of Nature.

May it therefore please your Worships to enquire into the fact of the natural freedom of your Petr. And to do further in the premises as shall seem just & merciful. Respectfully whereof &c  /s/ M.A. Milton

Leave being first had from the worshipful Court to file the above Petition and Directions received from the Chairman of the Court to proceed by Petition  M.A. Milton  Oct. Term 1788

Slave Records, Perquimans County, North Carolina State Archives.

A mulatto of that class called free negroes.

The committee of Divorce and Alimony to whom was refered the petition of William Smith of Heartford county have considered the Same and Report:

That it appears from the petition its self, that, the petitioner is a mulatoe of that class commonly called free Negroes. The committee are of opinion, that it is not only contrary to the true policy of this state, But unbecomeing the dignity of this house, to act on applications of this sort. The [sic] therefore recommend the adoption of the accompanying Resolution – Resolved, that the Member who Introduced the petitioner William Smith of Heartford county have leave to withdraw the same.

Respectfully submitted, /s/ Mathew Bain, Chm.

General Assembly Session Records, January 1827, North Carolina State Archives.

He, his father, his mother, his grandfather AND his grandmother….

State of North Carolina, Franklin County    }

Be it known that this 1st day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight Came before us James Baker & Richard Arrendell two of the Justices of the peace for the County and Franklin, aforesaid, Thomas Broom and Thomas Williams both of the County & State aforesaid, and maketh oath that they are well aquainted with Frederick Reed (a man of Colour, the bearer hereof, and that he has always passed as a free borned man; that they new his father & mother, and his Grandfather & grandmother, and that they were also reputed to be free persons; that the Said Frederick is about 36 years old, of dark yellow complexion, about 5 ¾ feet high and by profession farmer.    /s/ Thomas Williams    Thos. Broom

Sworn to & subscribed before us, this date & Date above written Attest Richd. Arrendell J.P. Jas. Baker J.P.

Miscellaneous Records, Franklin County, North Carolina State Records.