They were sold for his debts.
by Lisa Y. Henderson
SALE OF NEGROES.
A public sale of negroes took place in this town at the Court House steps on Saturday last, of which the following is an account.
Negro woman, aged 25 with two young children brought 883.
Negro girl, aged, 16, brought $711
Negro girl, aged 22, “ 808
Negro boy, aged 22, “ 817
The first three were purchased by Dr. Dortch of Stantonsburg, the fourth by Mr. John Davis, of Lenoir and the fifth by Mr. Fourney Jernigan of Wayne. They were the children of a free negro by the name of Adam Wynne, who had purchased their mother, his wife, previous to their birth. – They were consequently his slaves and he having become involved, they were sold for his debts. – Goldsboro Tel.
The North-Carolina State (Raleigh), 17 March 1852.
[Sidenote: These four were not the first or last of Adam Wynn’s children to be sold to pay off his debts. — LYH]