She had been ailing for some years.
by Lisa Y. Henderson
Coroner Jones held an inquest on yesterday, over the body of a free negro woman, named Betsey Hagan, aged about 60 years, found dead on the lot of Mr. J.W. Potter, in the Eastern portion of the town. It appears that the woman lived in a small house on Mr. P’s lot, and that early in the morning, as himself and brother came out of his house, they found the woman lying dead in the yard. She had been “ailing” for some years, and it is supposed, that in going out that morning to attend to some duty, she fell dead. The verdict of the Jury was that she came to her death from natural causes.
Wilmington Daily Journal, 9 September 1860
My paternal grandmother’s maiden name was Hagans. It’s quite possible that ths woman could have been a relative.
What was her name? Most of the Wilson County Haganses are descended from a single Edgecombe County free family of color. My own Hagans line is from Wayne County, but is probably linked to the Edgecombe set.
I’m just seeing your reply; forgot to check the box to get notifications. My grandmother’s name was Margaret Hagans Powell. I’d be willing to bet that both sets are related since the name is so uncommon.