No. 7110. Record for Jno. Artis. Date July 14, 1873. Where born: Wilmington. Where brought up: ditto. Residence: Corner Brunswic & 7th Sts. Age: 21. Complexion: dark. Occupation: carpenter for self. Wife: none. Children: None. Father: Elvin, dead. Mother: Lizzie. Brothers and sisters: Hildred, Eldred, Champ, Sylvester, Jane, Lizzie. /s/ John Artis.
Freedman’s Bank Records, National Archives and Records Administration.
“Elvin Artis, a free man of color, was the carpentry contractor for the [Bellamy Mansion] project [in Wilmington].” See http://teachingamericanhistorync.org/pages/BellamyMansionVirtualTour/BellamyMansion.html
In the 1850 census of Wilmington, New Hanover County: Elvin Artis, 37, “carpt,” wife Eliza, 22, and children E.A., 8, Champion, 6, Silvester, 4, twins Hildred and Eldred, 9 months, and John Henry, 17.