Sentenced to be sold.
by Lisa Y. Henderson
Bill, a free negro, indicted for an assault upon the person of a colored female child, was tried for the offense at the late term of Court, convicted, and sentenced to be sold to pay costs. He was sold into slavery for the period of 4 1/2 years, R.F. Simonton, Esq., being the purchaser.
Iredell Express (Statesville), 20 April 1860.
Interesting, though being freed, not having a last name and then “sold” off – ?cause he could not pay? or was that the law/penalty of the time due to the conviction of a freed person – revert to slavery …?
He may well have had a last name that the court and/or newspaper didn’t regard as important enough to acknowledge. Many free people were born free, so could not “revert” to slavery. The law provided that FCPs who could not pay fines and costs for serious crimes were subject to enslavement for a period of years.