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Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

Tag: Salisbury

He put a period to his existence.

John Revels, a coloured barber, formerly of the City, put a period to his existence in Salisbury, last week, by taking laudanum. Raleigh Register.

Fayetteville Weekly Observer, 3 December 1833.

Bodysnatchers and common thieves.

At the Superior Court of Wake county, Lockley, a free man of color, implicated in the charge of disinterring a dead body for the purpose of obtaining the teeth, was tried, found guilty, and sentenced to three months imprisonment. The principal offender has not been found.

Salisbury, a free boy of color, was convicted of grand larceny, and sentenced to receive forty lashes.

Hillsborough Recorder, 16 April 1828.

Miserable man, a strange being, kidnaps free boy of color.

Our Superior Court is now in session, Judge Caldwell presiding. … The next case taken up was the State vs. John Bullock, for stealing a free boy of color, named Nelson Dudley Richardson, from his parents in Raleigh, and bringing him to this place, where he claimed the boy as his property, and offered to sell him. The case was clearly made out on the part of the State, and after an absence of ten minutes, the Jury returned a verdict of guilty. The offender in this case has been well known in the Western part of the State as a great villain, having been twice whipped, once at Wadesboro’ and once at Asheville. … Carolina Watchman.

The Weekly Standard (Raleigh), 25 March 1846.


JOHN BULLOCH – This miserable man, who has been lying in jail here for several months, for stealing a free boy of color, from his Parents in Raleigh, was discharged from prison on the 3d inst. He has been hanging about town ever since. One day this week he was detected in an attempt to decoy another negro. This is too much. Twice or thrice has he been whipped, and now just from a gloomy dungeon, he walks in our midst without the least terror of the law! Strange being! Has he common sense? Or is he led captive by the evil one at his will?

P.S. Since the above was written, this wretched man has experienced the “tender mercies” of a rail riding Court. On Wednesday night last he was rode on a rail. This is was wrong. The laws are our protection against such scamps. But the laws would not drive him from among us. We regret that he occasioned our young men to do an act they disapprove of as much as any people. We regret that he has been the means of bringing this stain upon our community; and we trust that he may never return to occasion a renewal of such a scene as our streets presented in the night of his late exit from Salisbury. – Carolina Watchman.

Weekly Raleigh Register, 17 July 1846.



The subscribers, (free persons of colour) being desirous of removing, offer their Houses and Lots for sale. They are situated on the edge of the East square of Salisbury, on the Bringle Ferry road, and contains one acre each, with buildings for small families. A bargain can now be had for cash. HARRIET STEELE, JEMIMA STEELE. Salisbury, July 16, 1849.



We have on hand and for sale at this Office, the following BLANKS, to wit: … For binding free negroes. … Any forms of Blanks which we may not have on hand will be printed to order without delay, if a copy be forwarded.  WATCHMAN OFFICE. May 1849.

Carolina Watchman, Salisbury, 19 July 1849.

Free Colored Inhabitants of the Town of Salisbury, Rowan County, 1850.

#374. Martha McCann, 23, in the household of Edmund Wade, stage driver.

#392. Rachel Valentine, 25, and Fanny Valentine, 27.

#394. Alpheus Seers, 20, laborer, in the household of George Vogler, gunsmith.

#404. Henry Porter, 22, in the household of Samuel Reeves, farmer.

#406. Sophia Rimer, 35, and daughter Elisabeth Rimer, 5.

#419. James Benson, 22, in the household of Ezekiel Segraves, brickmason.

#430. Amy Porter, 50.

#444. Betsy Freeman, 30, in the household of Archabald Baker, 37, clergyman.

#447. Samuel Holtshouser, 19, laborer, in the household of William Overman, carriage trimmer.

#461. Ann Valentine, 29, and Randal Twopence, 41, in the household of Samuel W. James, printer.

#462. Frank Doland, 8, in the household of Farby Ellis.

#476. Steven Steel, 25, waiter, in the household of William J. Polmer, stage contractor.

#481. William Jarett, 13, in the household of Lorenzo D. Beneni.

#487. James Smith, 30, carpenter; Sophia Smith, 24; and Wesley Smith, 26.

#489. Henry Mitchel, 22, mattress maker; Lucinda A. Smith, 18; and Sarah A. Valentine, 15.

#506. Evander Calvin, 28, housepainter, born in South Carolina; wife Maria Calvin, 26; and daughter Mary E. Calvin, 2; Eliza Canada, 48, Henry Canada, 19, painter, Solomon Canada, house painter, and Henderson Evans, 30, housepainter.

#529. James T. Kinder, 19; Sarah S. Kinder, 20; and John C.P. Kinder, 6 months.

#539. David Porter, 28; Peggy Porter, 24; and William Valentine, 38.

#540. Eliza Dustan, 25; Joseph Dustan, 4; Lenora Dustan, 2; Sally Mitchell, 70; James M. Mitchell, 23, housepainter; and Margaret Hickman, 6.

#543. Moses Hodgens, 80.

#544. Susanna Steel, 80, in the household of Archibald Henderson, farmer.

#554. Ishmael McDaniel, 70, in the household of David Watson.

A free mulatto child for sale!

Kidnapping.  – We learn from the Greensborough Patriot that a gentleman from Patrick county, Va. lately offered for sale, in Salisbury, a free mulatto child!  On discovering an acquaintance, as he was parading the streets in the notable character of a speculator, he made his bow, retired, so fast as not to be heard from when looked after. – Ral. Reg.

Tarboro’ Press, 13 June 1835.