Fourth Generation Inclusive

Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

Tag: drowning

Found in the creek.

Drowned. – The body of a free negro by the name of Starkey Smith was found yesterday in Smith’s Creek, near Bailey’s brick yard. Coroner Jones has summoned a jury and an inquest will be held this afternoon.

Wilmington Daily Herald, 1 May 1860.

No good feelings for free negroes.

Mary Brooks, a free woman of color was drowned while drunk at one of the wharves at Washington a few days since. Wouldn’t care if all the free negroes in Newbern were drowned. Also a slave, an old man, was drowned in the river near Washington on Sunday last. Sorry for him. Can respect a slave but have no good feelings for free negroes.

Newbern Daily Progress, 23 April 1859.

Drowned off Cape Hatteras.

DROWNED. – The Newberne Journal of the 3d learns that a white boy, named Edward Smith, and a colored man, named William Mitchell, both of Newberne, accidentally fell from the deck of the schooner Dolphin, on Friday last, off Cape Hatteras, and were drowned.

Wilmington Journal, 12 October 1855.

Both drowned.

Mr. Alpheus Whitehurst and a free coloured man, in attempting to cross Ocracoke Bar, a few days since, were capsized in their boat, and both drowned. – ib.

Tarboro’ Press, 15 June 1839.