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He should have been hung.

A pardoned villain. A fellow named Carroll, a free negro, has been arrested and imprisoned for horse-stealing in Wake county, N.C. This is the third offence. According to law he should have been hung for the second offence, but escaped, in consequence of some technical discrepancy in the proceedings. – He runs a slim chance of escape in the present instance; and surely if the penalty is strictly agreeable to the turpitude of his crime, he deserves it, especially for the third offence; but for ourselves we never could perceive the reason, the justice or righteousness of the law in such cases. Horse-stealing we regard as a high misdemeanor, but one which can only deserve incarceration in a penitentiary. – What! Deprive a human being of life for a stealing a horse? Horrible.

The Newbernian and North Carolina Advocate, 26 August 1843.

The Carroll brothers hang.

Raleigh, April 1. – We understand that a free boy of color, named Ned Carroll, was tried at Johnston Superior Court last week, for an assault upon a white female, with an intent to commit a rape. The case was clearly made out to the Jury, who bro’t in a verdict of Guilty. He is sentenced to be hung on the 25th instant. – Register.

North-Carolina Free Press (Halifax), 11 April 1828.


Supreme Court. – On Thursday, the case of HENRY CARROLL, a free boy of color, indicted for an attempt to commit a rape upon a young woman, in the county of Johnston, was taken up, having been removed here for trial. The charge was made out on behalf of the State, with great clearness, by the Attorney General SAUNDERS. The Prisoner was defended by Messrs. MANLY and GEO. W. HAYWOOD, with great ingenuity, considering the utter hopelessness of the task assigned them by the Court. The Jury remained out but a few minutes, before they returned with a verdict of GUILTY, on Friday, after a suitable address to the pronounce sentence of DEATH against him, to be carried into execution, on Friday the 6th of May next. It is a singular and melancholy coincidence, which ought to be stated, that a brother of this boy’s was hung in Johnston county, only a year or two ago, for a like offence! This startling fact illustrates more forcibly the uselessness of Public Executions, than whole columns of argument. Ral. Reg.

Roanoke Advocate (Halifax), 21 April 1831.

Approved teachers.

State of North Carolina, Wayne County, Monday, Sept. 3rd 1877

To the Register of Deeds of Wayne County:

The County Examiner, in pursuance of Section 16 of the School Laws, reports for the year ending the day preceding the first Monday in September, 1877, as follows:


Washington Simmons. Col’d. Third Grade. Male.

J.C. Carroll. Col’d. Third Grade. Male.

Mathew Aldridge. Col’d. Third Grade. Male.

Washington Winn. Col’d. Third Grade. Male.

Susan Winn. Col’d. Third Grade. Female.

Mary Aldridge. Col’d. Third Grade. Female.

A severe punishment.


A free boy of color, named Ned Carroll, was convicted at superior court for Johnson [sic] county, in this state, two weeks since, of an attempt to commit a rape on a white girl; and sentenced to be hung on the 25th inst.  A severe punishment, but a just one.

Western Carolinian, 8 April 1828.

Free-Issue Death Certificates: CARROLL.

Bunion Carroll. Died 28 Feb 1916, Wilson, Wilson County. Colored. Married. Common laborer. Born 10 Apr 1858 in Stantonsburg to Grade Carroll and Susan Artis. Buried Wilson County.  Informant, Mrs. Fannie Carroll, Vance Street, Wilson.

In the 1860 census of Saratoga district, Wilson County: Etheldred Caraway [sic], 29, wife Susan, 25, and children Bunyan, 5, and Joseph Carroll, 3.

Ruffin C. Carroll.  Died 1 Dec 1926, Goldsboro. Colored. Widower.  Preacher.  Age 73.  Born in NC to Joe Carroll and Melvinie Carroll.  Buried Elmwood cemetery, Goldsboro.  Informant, Hardy Carroll.

In the 1860 census of New Hope district, Wayne County: Jo Carrol, 55, wife Melvina, 50, and children Hannah, 25, Daniel, 22, Jo, 21, Willis, 18, Nicy, 17, Vina, 13, Delilah, 10, Ruffin, 6, and Tamar, 3.

Isaac Carrol.  Died 14 Jul 1925, Wilson Mill, Johnston County. Colored. Married to Rosa Carrol. Fireman. Age 60. Born Four Oaks, Johnston County, to Ruffin Carrol and Betsey Carrol.  Buried Vinson cemetery.  Informant, W.M. Rodgers.

James Carrol. Died 30 Jul 1936, Four Oaks, Johnston County. Colored. Widower of Susan Carrol. Farmer. Born 28 Jun 1857 in Johnston County to Ruffin Carrol and Bettie Carrol. Informant, Mrs. Wilkins.

In the 1860 census of the district west of the Neuse River, Johnston County: Ruffin Carroll, 37, cooper, wife Elizabeth, 36, and children William, 15, Isaac, 10, James, 7, and Major, 1.

So calls himself a free Boy of coulor.

State of North Carolina, Wayne County

To the Sherriff or Jailor of said county I send you the body of Hardy Carroll so calls himself a free Boy of coulor which said boy was brought before me by Ashley Whitley and Daniel Gurly the above-named negro has not any free papers with him and was taken on Sunday night the 4th Inst. by Ashley Whitley and Daniel Gurly as patroles. Decr 4th 1842                J. Langston

Records of Slaves and Free People of Color, Wayne County Records, North Carolina State Archives.

Show cause why the indentures of apprenticeship should not be rescinded.

North Carolina

To the Shiriff of Wayne County Greeting

You are hereby commanded to make known to Nathan Edgerton to produce into court at the next term to be held for said County at the Court House in Goldsboro on the third Monday of May next, Mary, Raeford, Louisa, Amelia, Devereux, Narcissa, Olif & Sarah Carroll, Children of Margaret Carroll, then & there to Show cause if any he has why the Indentures of Apprenticeship to him should not be recinded — herein fail not, & have you then & there this writ

Witness Benj Aycock clerk of said court at office the third Monday of Feby A.D. 1856

Issued 23rd April 1856                  Benj. Aycock  Clk.

Nathan Edgerton indentured nine Carroll children, aged 1 to 15, in 1855.  Their mother Margaret Carroll, who lived in Johnston County, protested the indentures without apparent success: Sarah, Louisa, Amelia, Olivia and Narcissa Carroll appear in Nathan Edgerton’s household in the 1860 census of Wayne County.

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

A summons.

August Term 1841.

Notice issued to Margaret Carroll, residing at Mrs. Sally Grice’s plantation, to bring in her children Garry, Feriba, Elvina and Mary Carroll.

Minutes, Johnston County Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions.

In the 1850 census of Johnston County, Margaret Carroll and her children Mary, Raiford, Patsey, Mary and William appear in the household if farmer John M. Grice.