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Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

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She staggered, fell and died.

Coroner’s Inquest.

Coroner Jones held an inquest yesterday on the body of Mary Green, a free mulatto woman. The particulars of her death as we have heard are as follows: She, in company with another woman, started to Green’s Mill, about one mile from town, sometime during the middle of the day on Monday. Just before getting to the mill, Mary was observed to stagger and fall, apparently in a fit. Her companion ran for assistance, and when she returned found that she was dead. The verdict of the jury was in accordance with the above facts.

Wilmington Daily Herald, 27 July 1859.

An equal share being $8.75.

State of N. Carolina, Warren County   }

In obedience to an order to us directed from the worshipful the County Court of Warren November Term 1844, we the undersigned commissioners appointed to divide the lands of Matthew Evans Dec’d have divided the same according to the prayer of the Petitioners in the following manner to wit, Lot No 1 drawn by Fanney Toney containing seven Acres valued $1.50 cts per Acre making the sum of $10.50 his Equal Share being $8.75 he is to pay to Lot No 2 $ 1.75 cts the Boundary of which can be seen by refference to the surveyors report.

Lot 2 Drawn by Moses Evans containing seven Acres valued at $7 his equal share being $8.75 he is to receive from Lot No 1 $1.75 the boundary of which can be seen by refference to the surveyors report.

Lot No 3 Drawn by Isaac Evans and containing seven Acres valued at $1.25 cts per Acre making the sum of $8.75 which is his equal share the Boundary of which can be seen by refference to the surveyors report.

Lot No 4 Drawn by Henry Evans valued at $1.25 cts per Acre and containing seven Acres making the sum of $8.75 which is his equal Share.

Lot No 5 Drawn by Crecy Green and valued at $1.50 cts per Acre and containing seven Acres making the sum of $10.50 his equal share being $8.75 cts he is to pay to Lot 7 $1.75 the Bound of which can be seen by referance to the surveyors report.

Lot No 6 Drawn by Nancy Green and valued at $1.50 cts per Acre and containing seven Acres making the sum of ten dollars and fifty cents She is to pay to Lot No 8 one dollar and seventy five cents her equal share being only eight dollars and seventy five cents.

Lot No 7 Drawn by Cely Toney and valued at One dollar per Acre making the sum of seven dollars her equal share being eight dollars and seventy five cents. She is to receive from Lot No 5 one dollar and seventy five cents the Boundary of which can be seen by referance to the surveyors report.

Lot No 8 drawn by Patience Martial and valued at one dollar per Acre making the sum of seven dollars his equal share being eight dollars and seventy five cents. He is to receive from Lot No 6 one dollar and seventy five cents the Boundary of which can be seen by referance to the surveyors report.

All of which is respectfully submitted.   /s/ W. C. Williams, Miles Bobbitt, David D. W. Dowtin

Estate Records, Warren County, North Carolina State Archives.

In the 1850 census of Warren County: Isac Evans, 45, farmer, wife Winny, 44, and children Isac Jr., 21, Mathew, 17, Drucilla, 16, Henry, 13, Crockette, 10, Winny, 9, Elizabeth, 8, Doctor, 6, Nancy, 5, and Moses Evans, 2. Also, Allen Green, 60, Pitts Green, 15, Creasy Green, 55, and John Green, 4. In Warrenton, Warren County: James Green, 73, painter, wife Nancy, 53, and son James, Jr., 15.

John P. Green.


Hon. John P. Green was born in 1845 at New Berne, N.C., of free parents. As a boy of twelve years of age, he went with his widowed mother to Cleveland, Ohio. He was educated in the Cleveland public schools, graduating from the Central High School in 1869.

He was admitted to the bar of South Carolina in 1870. Returning to Cleveland, he for nine years served as justice of the peace. In 1881 he was elected member of the Ohio Legislature, serving three terms.

In 1897 he was appointed to a position in the postoffice department by President McKinley.He was also delegate to the National Republican Convention in 1872, in 1884 and 1896.

From D.W. Culp, ed., Twentieth century Negro literature, or, A cyclopedia of thought on the vital topics relating to the American Negro.

Courtesy of New Bern-Craven County Public Library. 

Should he be a slave ….

TAKEN UP, AND committed to the Jail of this county on the 3d of August last, a Negro man who calls himself PETER GREEN, says he is free, and that he belongs to Providence, Rhode Island. He professes to have followed the sea, and exhibits an American Protection, which, however, does not correspond with his height. He appears to be about 33 or 35 years of age, very black, well made, about 5 feet high, very artful, and had on when taken, the clothing of a seaman.

Should he be a slave, the owner is notified to come forward, comply with the requisitions of the law and take him away; otherwise he will, after a reasonable time, be sold for his jail fees, and discharged form custody.   W.C. TAYLOR, Jailor.   October 11th, 1823.

New Bern Sentinel, 24 October 1823.

She purchased her daughter that she might give her freedom.

State of North Carolina, Craven County   } September Term

In the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Ninety six, To the Worshipfull the Justices of the County Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions held in and for the said County September Term A.D. 1796

The petition of Amelia Green of this said County and Town of Newbern humbly sheweth to your Worships, that She now is and for several years past has been a free woman, that She is the mother of a large family of Children all of whom except two daughters have been enabled as the fruits of their own industry and meritorious behaviour to acquire their freedom, Your petitioner further sheweth, that one of those two daughters not yet made free a mulatto of the name of Princess and about the age of Sixteen, was late the property of Isabella Chapman of New Hanover County in s’d State by the will of Ann Shaw, But that your petitioner (being induced thereto by her maternal affection toward her, and a desire to see all her family on the same footing) with much toil and industry, has succeeded to raise a sum of money sufficient to purchase the said Princess her daughter from the said Isabbella Chapman and has there with actually purchased by fair bill of sale which She prays may be taken as part of her petition, the said Princess your Petitioner daughter. Your petitioners sole motive to this expense was that She might give freedom to her said daughter, Your petitioner further begs leave to Inform your Worships that she is now far advanced in life that she feels the infirmities of age growing upon her, and contemplates the awfull event of Death as at no very distant period, an event (which, unless the goodness of your worships prevent) might frustrate the pious intentions of your petitioner toward her daughter and disappoint her of the reward  of her labour. Your petitioner presumes to say with Confidance on behalf of Princess that she is a good Girl, a Good daughter, that, she possesses mild and peacefull disposition and industrious habits, which your petitioner will as is required make appear. Taking the premises therefor under your consideration, Your petitioner prays that your Worships would please to grant her a licence to set free and emancipate her said daughter the said Princess. And your petitioner as in duty bound shall every pray &ca.  Amelia X Green

Signed in presence of Edward Graham.


Records of Slaves and Free Persons of Color, Craven County Records, North Carolina State Archives.

A grazing cow and vegetables.

Asbury Reid filed claim #4303 with the Southern Claims Commission.  He was born free and raised in Gates County and was a 43 year-old farmer.  A cavalry unit took a cow grazing in the field and vegetables from his garden.  An infantry unit took bacon, poultry and hogs.  Alonzo Green, 28, and W.O. Green, 32, a farmer-mechanic, testified on his behalf.

Thirty-two year-old Asberry Reed is listed in the 1860 census of Gatesville district, Gates County, with C. Reed, 22, William Reed, 3,  John Reed, 2, and George Reed, 6 months; Conelius Price, 11, Charles Price, 11; and William Reed, 12. 

Boon’s horse.

William Boon filed claim #1708 with the Southern Claims Commission.  He was 40 years old and born free and reared in Gates County.  He had lived about 5 miles from Gatesville for 22 years.

On 21 July 1863, a large force of cavalry, the 11th Pennsylvania, passed in the road to Suffolk. They took Boon’s seven or eight year-old sorrel-colored horse, which was worth about $200.

James A. Green was a 37 year-old, free-born brickmason and farmer who lived about 4 miles from Boon.

Zachariah Boon, age 68, was William’s father.  William had lived with him at the time the horse was taken.

Alonzo Green, age 28, was the postmaster at Gatesville. He had known William Boon all his life and had lived about 6 miles from him during the war.

Did the slave help free the free man’s slave?

The State v. Edmund, a slave, 15 NC 340 (1833).

This was an indictment of Edmund in New Hanover County for violating the Act of 1825, chapter 22, i.e. concealing a slave on board a vessel for the purpose of conveying her beyond state limits and helping her escape.  Edmund was a slave, the property of a Mr. West of Virginia, who had absconded years before, passed as a free man and served as a steward aboard the brig Fisher.  Nathan Green, the alleged owner of the concealed slave, was a free man of color, “a dark mulatto,” and a North Carolina resident.  Edmund was convicted of the offense and appealed his death sentence on the bases that (1) as a slave, Edmund was not a person within the meaning of the Act and (2) Nathan Green, as a free man of color, was not a citizen of the state.  The Supreme Court ordered a new trial on the alternate ground that the indictment was defective.