The proof was point-blank.

by Lisa Y. Henderson

Grandison, a free boy of color, was out upon trial charged with larceny for entering in the night-time and robbing a store of Mr. S.J. Rickert, of this place, of money and merchandise a few months ago. The proof was point-blank, and Grandison was sentenced to receive thirty-nine lashes on his bare-back at this time, be imprisoned ‘till May term, and then receive thirty-nine lashes and be discharged.

Iredell Express (Statesville), 15 April 1859.

In the 1860 census of Iredell County, South of the River, 20 year-old Grandison, no last name, is listed in the household of white farmer James A. Kennedy, working as a servant. He is also noted as a convict.