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Tag: Roberson County

Jail break, no. 6.


Fifty Dollars Reward.

I will pay a reward of $25 each for the arrest and delivery to me of JOHN AMMONS and WILLIAM PARKER, who broke out of the jail of Robeson county on the night of the 4th inst.

Ammons is a white man about 35 years of age, fair skin, florid complexion, light curly hair, blue eyes, looks down, but on the whole rather good-looking. He is fleshy and heavy built, and about 5 feet 8 or 10 inches high.

Parker is a bright free mulatto, with straight bushy hair; he stands erect and looks up; speaks freely, and has a pleasing expression of countenance. He is about 5 feet 6 or 8 inches high. He is well known about Lower Fayetteville, and as a boat hand on the Cape Fear River. REUBEN KING, Sheriff. Lumberton, Robeson Co., N.C., August 6, 1852.

The North Carolinian (Fayetteville), 4 September 1852.

A petition to emancipate an old and faithful companion.

State of North Carolina, Robeson County –

To the honorable the Judge of the Superior Court of Law in and for the County aforesaid –

The Petition of Henry Barnes humbly shews to your Honor that he is desirous to liberate his slave Judith Barnes who is more than fifty years of age – that he hath not received in money or otherwise [illegible] or value or any part thereof [illegible] to petition for her emancipation nor consideration of any kind to be paid [illegible] The said Judith was born a slave and conducted herself as such with great fidelity to her owners and on one occasion when Mrs. Jacobs – the wife of Zachariah Jacobs was suddenly taken in labor without ever having practiced as a midwife, by her skill or good memory on it and attention she delivered the lady and was the means of saving both the mother and child – since that time she has occasionally assisted the other women in like situations and has been serviceable in that way in her neighbourhood without however adopting it as a business or a source of profit – that your petitioner was also born a slave and many years ago was liberated by his master – that his slave Judith was and still is his wife and by that by his economy and industry he was enabled to own money enough to purchase her of the administrator of her last master – Thomas Waters – and to pay for her and has held her as his slave for more than ten years – that your petitioner is between 60 & 70 years of age and feels that he is becoming quite infirm and can not expect to live long; and it would be in the highest degree distressing to reflect that his old and faithful companion should after his death be [illegible] as a slave – Wherefore your Petitioner prays for [illegible] to emancipate her and your Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray &c

State of North Carolina, Robeson County   }

Harry Bryan makes out that the matters and things set forth in the within petition as of his own knowledge are true and those otherwise stated he believes to be true

[No date.] Slave Records, Robeson County Records, North Carolina State Archives.

In the 1850 census of Southern Division, Robeson County: Judith Barnes, 63, with Daniel, 17, and Martha Fort, 8.

Horrible murder.

HORRIBLE MURDER. – Mrs. Abe Rhodes, wife of B.C. Rhodes, was found dead in Lumber river on Monday last, with her throat cut and head crushed. She had a few days previous eloped with a free mulatto by name of Shad Williams, taking with them $2,500 in money. Williams has been arrested and lodged in jail at Lumberton to await his trial. – Fayetteville (N.C.) Carolinian.

Baltimore Sun, 16 June 1860.

I did not furnish them with anything.

Hugh Oxendine filed claim #21330 with the Southern Claims Commission.  He was 42 years old and lived in the Scuffleton area of Roberson County, where he owned 82 acres.  Perhaps 25-30 acres were under cultivation.

“I had one or two cousins that was employed as cooks in the confederate army, I did not furnish them with anything.”

Seven soldiers took a mare from his farm in March 1865.

Neill Revels, age 44, testified on Oxendine’s behalf.  He had known him 25 years and lived about 6 or 7 miles away.

John W. Oxendine, age 18, Hugh’s son, also testified, as did his wife, Eliza Oxendine, age 30.  She stated that the soldiers asked her where the houses where. “I told them the man of the house had rode off they asked me where to I told them that I did not know they then went in the house took a coat a watch and some tobacco. They then went off to my brother in law about 1/2 or 3/4 miles off.”