Fourth Generation Inclusive

Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

Month: July, 2015

Drowned in the river.


Was held yesterday, by JOHN C. WOOD, Esq., Coroner, over the body of a free colored boy named THOMAS ALLEN, who was drowned on Thursday, whilst bathing in the river. The verdict of the jury was “accidental drowning.”

The Tri-Weekly Commercial (Wilmington), 5 August 1848.

The regimental muster.


Mr. Hamlin Writes Interestingly About the Olden Days In The Past.

Mr. Editor:

As indicated in my last communication the camp-meeting was pre-eminently the religion-social gathering in the days of yore and the only general gathering marked by the presence of ladies. The presence of the mothers with their daughters of the best families enlivened, restrained and dignified the occasion. … The boys, as a general rule, didn’t attend. The regimental muster, coming in May and held in the field fronting Capt. Killian’s dwelling, now the Mills property, was largely attended by those of 18 to 45 years of age by law, the elder ones by choice. Harry Guinn, a free colored man, furnished ginger-bread and beer. Some whiskey, only a few jugs, and pure, was at all these places. It made men funny but not vicious. A fisticuff was rare. Uncle Joe Dunn played the fiddle with his left hand and four or five elderly men danced. …

Brevard News, 7 December 1921.


Jesse Harris, a free negro, charged with the murder of Matthew Russel, also a free negro, was acquitted. The Hon. Edward STANLY, for the State; and Geo. W. HAYWOOD, H.W. MILLER and D.K. McRAE, Esqrs., for the prisoner.

North Carolina Star, 13 October 1847.