Fourth Generation Inclusive

Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

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Julius & Bisco Hagans.

ImageImage JULIUS HAGANS and BISCO HAGANS were sons of Richard Hagans and Alice Ann Faithful Hagans, who married in 1849 in Edgecombe County. They are buried in a family plot in Elm City’s black cemetery.

Photo by Lisa Y. Henderson, May 2013.

In the 1860 census of Edgecombe County: Rich’d Hagans, 33, wife Alley, 31, and children Laurence, 10, Laura, 8, Margaret, 6, Richard, 5, Neely, 3, and Charles H., 3 months.

William Henry Hall, Sr.

Image WILLIAM H. HALL, SR. was the son of Eliza Hall and James B. Woodard, a white man. He is buried in Red Hill cemetery, near Stantonsburg, Wilson County. Beloved father farewell.

Photo taken by Lisa Y. Henderson, May 2013.

[Sidenote: The birthdate on William Hall’s headstone is completely different from that reported in the Lewis Ellis Bible. Of course, neither he nor his family had access to this Bible, and he may not have known his actual birthdate. — LYH]

Frances Artis Diggs.

ImageFRANCES ARTIS DIGGS was born about 1842 near present-day Eureka, Wayne County, to Eliza Artis and James Yelverton, a white man. She is buried in a small family plot on Watery Branch Road just south of Highway 222 in Wayne County.

Photo by Lisa Y. Henderson, May 2013.

Julia Boone Budd.

ImageJULIA BOONE BUDD was born in 1854 in Sampson County to William and Susan Boone. She married Wesley M. Budd on 24 July 1873 in Wayne County.  They are buried in the Budd cemetery near Dudley, Wayne County.

Photo taken by Lisa Y. Henderson, March 2013.

In the 1860 census of McDaniels, Sampson County: Wm. Boon, 33, farm laborer; wife Susan, 31; Hezekiah, 6; Julia, 5; Azariah, 3; and Benamma Boon, 1.

John W. Aldridge.


JOHN WILLIAM ALDRIDGE (1853-1910) was born in Sampson County to Robert Aldridge and Mary Eliza Balkcum Aldridge. In the 1870s, he and his brothers Mathew Aldridge and George Aldridge were among former free men of color hired to teach in Wayne County colored schools. (Another was E.E. Smith.) John and George were posted near Fremont, in northern Wayne County, where John met and married one of his students, Louvicey Artis.  The couple settled among his family near Dudley, in southern Wayne County.  The original site of John’s grave is now forgotten, but he now lies in a family cemetery on land still owned by Aldridge descendants. (The W on the headstone is a bit of a mystery, but suggests that the marker was second-hand.  The spelling of his surname, “Aldrich,” is that preferred by his son, Thomas, who paid for it.)