The following surnames are found among free people of color in Davie County in the 1850 federal census: ANTONY, BASS, BENSON, BOWERS, BRINTLE, BROWN, BURROW, CHAMPLIN, CUPER, ELVERSON, FRY, GRIMES, HOSTLER, JOHNSON, JONES, KEMP, KENT, KING, LIVERMAN, KEPLER, MUMFORD, NICHOLS, RUSSEL, SCOTT, SEARS, SOUTHERLAND, SPARKS and VALENTINE.
FIVE CENTS REWARD – Ranaway from the subscriber, living in the county of Wilkes, a bright mulatto boy, named James Carter. Said boy was bound to the subscriber by the county court of Wilkes. I will give the above reward for the delivery of said boy to me, but no other charges paid. J.E. SAINTCLAIR. Wilkes county, May 2d, 1844
Carolina Watchman, Salisbury, 11 May 1844.
$5 REWARD. Ranaway from the subscriber in the 12th ultimo, James C. Russel, a bound mulatto Boy, about 17 years old. Said boy is spare built and about 5 feet 6 or 8 inches high. The above reward will be given to any person that will bring him to me, or confine him in some jail so that I get him again. ISAAC N. RICH. Davie County, Feb. 20, 1850
Carolina Watchman, Salisbury, 6 Mar 1851.
In the 1850 census of Davie County: James C. Russel, 17, laborer, mulatto, in the household of white farmer Isaac N. Rich. In 1860 Mocksville, Davie County: Jas. Russel, 26, wagoner, wife Caroline, 20, and son John C., 7, plus Sam Kent, 14.