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Tag: burglary

Recommended to the mercy.

SENTENCED TO BE HANGED. — At Wake Superior Court last week, John Locklear, a free negro, convicted of burglary, was sentenced to be hanged on the 16th of May, but was recommended to the mercy of the Governor by the Jury and the members of the Bar.

Asheville News, 1 May 1856.

The prisoner escaped; the question is moot.

The State v. George, a free negro1 NC 62 (1794).

The issue: Whether a slave could testify as a witness against a free negro.

The decision of the Superior Court of Law and Equity: “Mr. Solicitor General Jones had drawn a bill of indictment for burglary against the defendant: and at the moment it was about to be sent to the grand jury, and the book was handed to the witnesses:

Martin called the attention of the Court to the table: observing that one of the witnesses about to be sworn, was a negro slave; that although the defendant was a negro, yet, he being a free man, it was perhaps improper that a slave should testify against him.

McCoy, J. [Ashe, J., tacente.]

If there be anything in the objection, the Court will attend to it at the trial.

The slave was sworn, and the bill was found. The prisoner being arraigned, pleaded not guilty; but made his escape before the day assigned for his trial.”

A gang of bold rascals.

ROGUES CAUGHT. – A few nights ago the smoke-house of Thos. J. Curtis, in this vicinity, was robbed of some 1000 lbs. of bacon, by a gang of bold rascals who it seems took a carry-all to the spot to bring off some of their plunder. Mr. C. the next day ferreted out some of the rogues, had two of them – Enoch Manuel, a free negro, and Isaac Hobbs, a slave – arrested and committed to jail, and recovered nearly half of the bacon. He deserve [sic] the thanks of the public for his energy.

Carolina Observer, Fayetteville, 31 March 1862.

In the 1860 census of Fayetteville, Cumberland County: Caroline Manuel, 25, Enoch Manuel, 35, boat man, and Clarissa Manuel, 10. But also: Clement G. White, 35, lawyer, his wife Annett, 25, and Enoch Manuel, 36, farm hand.