Fourth Generation Inclusive

Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

Category: Transactions

Freedman’s Bank depositor, no. 2.

No. 5467. Record for Geo. Hostler.  Date January 6, 1872. Where born: Fayetteville. Where brought up: ditto. Residence: Chestnut between 5th and 6th Streets. Age 35. Complexion: light brown. Occupation: barber. Works for self. Wife: Marie. Children: None. Father: Joe, dead. Mother: Hannah, dead. Brothers and Sisters: (6) Susie, Mary, Mary Isabella, Caroline, Henry [sic].

Freedman’s Bank Records, National Archives and Records Administration.

44 acres on Calf Pasture branch.

Know all men by these presents that we Lovett Reaves & Milly Reaves of the State of Georgia & County of Hancock Know ye that we Lovett Reaves & Milly Reaves for & in consideration of the sum of One hundred and ten dollars to us in hand paid by Jane Winn of the State of North Carolina & County of Duplin before this executing and delivering of these presents, the receipt whereof we hereby acknowledge & confess that we are therewith fully satisfied contended and paid & for these same considerations have given granted sold & assigned & set [illegible] to the said Jane Wynn her heirs and assigns forever a certain tract or parcel of land [illegible] lying & being in the County of Duplin & State of North Carolina on or near the head of the Calf Pasture branch, it being part of a tract of land belonging to the late Reuben Johnston &c and it also being the part of land that fell to the said Milly Reaves in the division of the said land by heirship, beginning at a stake in the old line & runs north with the old line N 45 poles to a stake Felix Johnson’s corner, then with his line W 158 poles to a stake his corner over the road then S 45 poles along the old line to a stake then W 158 poles to the first station including the house & field on the Road containing Forty four acres more or less together with all do privileges rights [illegible] and appurtenances to the said parcel of land & premises of the same to the use benefit & behoof of the said Jane Wynn her heirs & assigns to have & to hold forever & the said Lovett & Milly Reaves doth for themselves their [illegible] said parcel of land forever & the said said Jane Wynn shall & will warrant & forever defend from themselves their heirs executors adm’r & assigns & all other persons whatsoever. In witness whereof we the said Lovell and said Reaves [sic] hereunto set our hands and seals this twenty second day of February in the year of Our Lord Eighteen hundred & eighteen.   Lovett Reaves    Molly X Reaves

Signed sealed & del’d in the presence of Asher Flowers, Thomas X Gray

State of No Carolina, Duplin County. October Term 1818. The within deed was proved [illegible] by the oath of Asher Flowers & order to be registered. Test Wm. Dickson C.C.

Grantor Book DTFU, page 415. Register of Deeds Office, Duplin County Courthouse.

[Sidenote: Jane (or Jinny) Winn was a sister or mother or cousin of the male Winns, farmers and mechanics, who amassed property in the thousands of acres in Duplin, Wayne and Cumberland Counties. Much of it was lost in the decade before the Civil War. More later…. — LYH]

Where Thunder Swamp Branch crosses the main road.

Adam Winn to Lemuel Cherry

State of North Carolina, Duplin County   }         This indenture made this 30th of July 1841 Between Adam Winn of the one part and Lemuel Cherry of the other part and both of the same State and County witness that I the said Adam Winn for and in consideration of the sum of twelve dollars to him in hand paid by Lemuel Cherry before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath given  granted bargained and sold do by these presents bargain sell and make over unto him the said Lemuel Cherry his heirs executors Administrators & assigns forever a certain ankerage or tract of land lying and being in the County of Duplin and on the waters of thunder swamp it being part of the land that Adam Winn bought of Lucy Win and part of the old Jonson tract of land and I the said Adam Winn doth assign over to the said Lemuel Cherry all the right title interest or claim in the before mentioned land containing ten acres more or less and begins and runs as follows (viz) Begins on main road that runs in Wayne and where thunder swamp branch crosses the main road an runs up said road to a large pine and then corners a new made corner and then runs a strait line of marked trees to William L. Hills line and then with Hills line to said Cherrys line then down said Cherrys line to the beginning and I the said Adam Winn doth my heirs executors & admrs or assigns no warrant and defend the before mentioned lands unto him the said Lemuel Cherry his heirs executors admrs or assigns forever against all other person or persons whatsoever laying any claim to the same in witness whereof I the said Adam Winn have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and date first above written signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Kenan Millard and Wm P. Cherry   Adam Winn (seal)

North Carolina, Duplin County Court January term 1852

The due execution of the foregoing deed is proved in open Court by the acknowledgement of Adam Winn the bargainor and ordered to be registered.  B.F. Grady Clk

Grantor Book 20, Page 407, Duplin County Register of Deeds Office, Duplin County Courthouse.

In the 1850 census of North Division, Duplin County: Adam Winn, 45, farmer, with William, 13, Marshal, 11, John, 9, Woodard, 7, Woodley Winn, 5, plus Moses Simmons, 18. Adam reported $3800 in real property.  [Sidenote: Lemuel Cherry, 71, white, farmer, is listed four households away from Adam Winn in this census. His household included Elender Young, 50, who was white. Elender Young was likely the mother of America Young, who married Adam Winn’s brother Charles Winn.  Also, though Adam’s sons are listed as free, they were in fact his own slaves. More about that later. — LYH]

Freedman’s Bank depositor, no. 1.

No. 3513. Record for Loftin Chance.  Date April 18, 1873. Where born: Slocum’s Cove. Where brought up: ditto. Residence: ditto. Age 24. Complexion: brown. Occupation: Sailor on wood-boat. Works for self. [No wife or children.] Father: Solomon Chance. Mother: Mary Jane. Brothers and Sisters: Johnson, John, Caroline. Signature: Loftin Chance.

Freedman’s Bank Records, National Archives and Records Administration.

In the 1850 census of Craven County: Solomon Chance, 26, boatman, wife Jane, 26, son Loftin, 8 months, and Joshua Lewis, 21, boatman.

We promise to pay.

On demand the first day of January 1848 we or Either of us do promise to pay John Lewis the Admr for ayres of urban Lewis decd it being for the sum of thirty dollars and fifty cents it for Rent of the land belonging to M. Husted lying on the East side of the Railroad joining James Kelly this January 29th 1847 test Obed Brock             Gray X Winn, Levi Winn, Adam X Greenfield

Estate Records, Wayne County Records, North Carolina State Archives.

[Side note: Urban Lewis (1788-1846) was my great-great-great-great-great-grandfather. — LYH]

Notice of mislaid note.

LOST OR MISLAID.  On Friday or Saturday last, a note of hand, given by George Moses and made payable to me, dated 17th January 1850 for $10. Persons are hereby notified not to trade for said note, and the drawer from paying it, to any one except myself.    WILLIAM BURNETT.  Goldsboro’ Jan. 22, 1850.

North Carolina Telegram, Goldsboro, 31 January 1850.

Two lots in the town of Goldsboro.

This Indenture made & entered into the 23rd day of August 1847 by and between William K. Lane of the County of Wayne & State of North Carolina of the one part and James King Free man of Color of the other part.  Witness that the Said William K. Lane for & in consideration of the Sum of Forty Dollars to him in hand paid at and before the sealing & delivery of these presents the receipt and payment whereof is hereby acknowledged and from the further payment whereof the said William K. Lane will by these presents forever acquit release & discharge the Said James King his Executors Admin & assigns.  The said William K. Lane hath given granted bargained & sold & will by these presents give grant bargain & sell unto the Said James King his heirs and assigns forever two Lotts in the Town of Goldsboro & known in the plan of Said Town as No. 74 & 75 To have & to holds said lott with all and Singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appurtaning to him the said James King his heirs, & assigns forever & I the Said William K. Lane will Warrant & forever defend the right & title free & clear from the lawfull claims of all perosns whatsoever to him the Said James King his heirs & assigns forever

In testamony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the day & year above written   /s/ Wm K Lane

Signed sealed & delivered in presense of us  Rufus Edmundson, O Coor

Wayne County May Term 1848 then was the above deed of sale from Wm K. Lane to Jas King duly moved in open court by the oath of Ollen Coor a subscribing witness & ordered to be made registered  /s/ Jno A Green Clk

Recorded in the Registers office of Wayne County the 9th of Aug’t 1848 is Liber V page 80   /s/R. Hooks, Reg’r

Family business.

This indenture made this 29th day of September 1855 between Adam Artis of the County of Wayne & State of North Carolina of the one part and John Wilson of the county and state aforesaid of the other part witnesseth — that the said Adam Artis for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and twenty four dollars to him on hand paid by him the said John Wilson at and before the sealing and delivering of these presents the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged the said Adam Artis has given, granted, bargained and sold and will by these presents grant, bargain and sell unto the said John Wilson his heirs and assigns forever one certain piece of land in said county it being the ten acres of land the said John Wilson sold to the said Adam Artis to have and to hold the above described land and improvements to him the said John Artis [sic] to him and his heirs and assigns — provided nevertheless that said Adam Artis pays or causes to be paid to the said John Wilson one certain note and interest that may accrue thereon said note given for one hundred and twenty four dollars bearing date even with these presents now then if the said Adam Artis pays said note interest within twelve months from the date of this presents then the above obligation to be void otherwise to be in full force and virtue —

In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written — Adam X Artis

Signed and delivered the presence of W. Thompson

Wayne County Octo. 2nd 1855. Then was the above deed of Mortgage from Adam Artis to John Wilson duly proved before me by the oath of William Thompson a subscribing witness thereto — and let it be registered   — Benj. Aycock, Clk

Deeds, Register of Deeds Office, Wayne County.

In the 1850 census of Greene County NC, Adam “Artess” and his sisters Charity and Jane appear in the household of white farmer Silas Bryant.  They were probably apprentices, though no apprentice bonds have been found.  Their mother Vicy Artess was next door with additional children.  Adam’s sister Zilpha Artis married John “Jack” Wilson in the mid-1850s.  Adam and John apparently never recorded a deed for the herein-referenced sale that preceded this one.

Taxables.

List of taxables, Indian Springs District, Wayne County, 1856 —

Green Simmons, 10 acres, valued at $50.

George Simmons, 95 acres, valued at $425.

Charles Winn, 92 acres, valued at $480.

Box 5, Wayne County Tax Records, North Carolina State Archives.