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Accidentally discharged.

Coroner Wood held an inquest yesterday over the dead body of a free colored man, named Jordan Howard, employed at the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad, who came to his death from the effects of a shot from a pistol, accidentally discharged, on Saturday last, while in the hands of Mr. Strouse, who keeps a store above the Railroad. The man died on Monday.

The verdict of the jury completely exonerates Mr. Strouse from any blame in the matter.

Wilmington Journal, 2 May 1856.

No blame.

Coroner Wood held an inquest yesterday over the dead body of a free colored man, named Jordan Howard, employed at the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad, who came to his death from the effects of a shot from a pistol, accidentally discharged, on Saturday last, while in the hands of Mr. Strouse, who keeps a store above the Railroad. The man died on Monday.

The verdict of the jury completely exonerates Mr. Strouse from any blame in the matter.

Wilmington Journal, 2 May 1856.

Run over and killed on the railroad.

A free negro by the name of Wm. Jones, was run over and killed near Goldsboro’, on the Central Railroad, a few days ago.

Asheville News, 4 October 1855.

Crushed between a train of cars.

CORONER’S INQUEST. – Coroner Wood, yesterday afternoon, held an inquest over the body of a free negro named Bill Gafford, at the Manchester Rail Road Depot, who came to his death by being crushed between a train of cars eight miles this side of Fair Bluff. – Verdict in accordance with the above. – Wilmington Herald.

North Carolina Argus (Wadesboro), 29 August 1857.

Train hand killed.

WELDON, Feb. 20.

Fatal Railroad Accident. – A free negro man, employed as a train hand on the Seaboard and Roanoke Rail Road, was killed at Garysburg today by falling from the Portsmouth cars just as the train was crossing the bridge which spans the track of the Petersburg Railroad.

Semi-Weekly Fayetteville Observer, 22 February 1855.

We cannot come to terms.

State of North Carolina, Wayne County   } Court of Pleas and quarter Session November term 1837

To the worshipful the justices of said Court — The petition of the Wilmington & Raleigh railroad company humbly complaining sheweth unto your worships that the road which they are now constructing will pass through the lands of Adam Wynn of this county, They represent unto your worships that they have not been able to come to any understanding or make any agreement with the owner Adam Wynn as to the terms upon which they may construct their road over his lands They therefore pray that thus court will cause the Sheriff to summon a jury of twelve lawful men to go upon the rout that may be pointed out by the President and Directors or by their agent and say what damage the owner will sustain by the construction of the road allowing or condemning sixty five feet on each side of the base. The jury also taking into consideration the value of the benefit resulting and that may result to the owner from the construction of the road and that the jury make a return to court under hand and seal of their proceedings they first having been duly sworn and your petitioners pray that this court will take all and such other steps touching the premises as may seem necessary and your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray    /s/ W.B. Wright Sol. Pro Pet

Railroad Records, Wayne County Records, North Carolina State Archives.