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Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

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Bury me by my mother.

In the name of God Amen, I Jesse May alias Jesse Clark being of sound mind & memory recollecting at the same time the mortality of man & that all must die sooner or later have made this to be my last will & testament, that is to say I wish my body to be decently buried at my own meeting house by the side of my mother & as to my soul, I recommend it to God who gave it to be disposed of as He sees fit.

My will & desire is that all my land should be given to my sister Tabitha along with all my stock of horses & cattle & household furniture of every description & I will & give & bequeath to her & her heirs forever – Jesse X May — signed in the presence of John C. Hinson & John Wall

Will Book 2, Page 102, Office of Clerk of Superior Court, Anson County Courthouse, Wadesboro.

[Hat tip to Steve Bailey,]

I was born free but a colored man.

George Clark filed claim #2708 with the Southern Claims Commission.  Born in Guilford County, he was 61 years old and had lived six miles east of Lexington in Davidson County for 40 years.  He was a blacksmith. During the war, he piloted part of Stoneman’s command from his house in Davidson County to Salem in Forsyth County and fed union soldiers who had escaped from Salisbury prison.  “I had to leave my home and stay in the woods after I went to Salem with Gen’l Stonemans troops to show them the way.  I also had to move all my tools out of the shop because I was a Union man.”  Confederate soldiers took some of his tools and two of his horses. He believed that his brother Josiah Clark, who lived in Ohio, joined the Union army.  “I was born free but a colored man.”

Philip Ball testified to Clark’s loyalty and asserted that he and Clark “belonged to the Heroes of America.”

W.F. Henderson testified that “on the 10th day of April 1865 General Stonemans Army passed my house where I then lived six miles East of Lexington going towards the N.C. R. Road for the purpose of Destroying the Bridge across Abbots Creek (so They said) and they had with them the two Horses, the property of George Clark.  One sorrel  mare and one Gray mare.” “The claimant is a colored man which I have known for 30 years and is a unmistakable a Loyal Man and allywas has been and a poor man with a large family to support.”

Allowed: $200.00.

In the 1860 census of Northern Division, Davidson County: George Clark, 47, blacksmith; wife Elizabeth, 37; and children Marian, 20, Benjamin, 18, Jane, 12, Barbara, 8, Samuel, 6, Eli, 4, Lucinda, 2, and Obediah, 3.

You will get paid for it.

William S. Taylor filed claim #19425 with the Southern Claims Commission.  He lived in Fayetteville, where he worked as a house painter.  During the war, a major, two lieutenants and chaplain came to his house, took what they wanted and said, “Oh! Sam you will get paid for it.”

Harry Clark, age 60, a Fayetteville housepainter; George D. Simmons, 38, a merchant; and Taylor’s wife of 30 years, Mary B. Taylor, testified for him.