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Wearing and carrying.

State of North Carolina, Rowan County  }   Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions

The Jurors for the State on their oath present that Mack Rankin a free person of color late of said County in the County aforesaid on the 1st day of January AD 1858 and on divers days and times afterward and before the finding of this inquisition unlawfully and with force and arms did wear and carry about his person a pistol not having obtained a license therefor from the court of Pleas and quarter sessions of his County within one year next preceeding the time of the wearing and carrying thereof against the form of the statue in such case made and provided and against the peace and dignity of the State.  /s/ Robt. E. Love

Records of Slaves and People of Color, Miscellaneous Records, Rowan County Records, North Carolina State Archives.

They have hunted with dog and gun and have never done any injury.

We the undersigned having understood that Benjamin Morgan and his Son George Morgan who lives in our Neighbourhood have lately had their Guns taken away By Patrols agreeably to an Act of the General Assembly we also certify that we have known the said Benjamin and George Morgan for about Fifteen years during which time they have lived directly in our Neighbourhood and hunted with Dog and Gun and we never have heard neither have we any reason to believe the said Morgans have done any Injury to any person for and by reason of their having been priviledged to hunt.  We therefore pray the Worshipful County Court of Craven now siting to grant the said Benjamin Morgan and his son George Morgan the priviledge to keep their Fire arms and also the Said Court to restore their Guns to them again.  Nov 8th 1841.  /s/ Wm Simmons, John Harris, John Fearrand, Obed Palmer, Burton Carson, James M. Beasley

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