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Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

Tag: Tyrrell County

The plantation where Indian Bet lives.

State of North Carolina, October the 1 Day 1777

In the Name of God amen I Samuel Woodland of the County Tyrrel and State aforesaid being weak in body but of Sound Memory (blessed be god) Do this Day being the first Day of October in the year of one thousand Seven hundred and Seventy Seven make and Publish this my Last will and Testament in manner following: that is to Say first of all I give and bequeath unto my son Stephen Woodland one hundred & one Acres of Land lying on Southfork Creek known by the name of the hill of Dumplin Land and Plantation To him and his heirs for Ever and in Case the Said Stephen Woodland Dyes without an heir lawfully Begotten of his Body then the Said Land to be Equaly Divid between my Two Sons John Woodland and Samuel Woodland and their heirs for Ever

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Loving Son in Law Thomas Williams the Land and Plantation where on Indian Bet Simpson Now Liveth it being the Land that I bought of John Hooper to him and his heirs for Ever

Whereof I the Said Samuel Woodland have hereunto Set my hand and Seal as my Last will and Testament in the Presenc of Jeremiah Franer, James Phelps             /s/ Samuel Woodland {seal}

Wills, Tyrrell County Records, North Carolina State Archives.

Free-Issue Death Certificates: BOWSER.

William Hardy Bowser.  Died 19 April 1928, Alligator, Tyrrell County. Colored. Married. Farmer. Born 9 September 1859 in Tyrrell County to Zion Bowser and Nansy Hill. Buried home cemetery. Informant, Linton Bowser, South Shores.

William Franklin Bowser. Died 28 June 1917, Alligator, Tyrrell County. Colored. Married. Farmer. Born 14 July 1862, Tyrrell County to Zion Bowser and Nancy Hill, both of Tyrrell Hill. Buried South Shore. Informant, Ardel Liverman, South Shore.

Ellin E. Sykes. Died 10 Dec 1930, Alligator, Tyrrell County. Colored. Widowed. Age 65. Born Tyrrell County to Zion Bowser and Nancy O. Buried at Twiddy graveyard. Informant, John W. Sykes.

In the 1860 census of Tyrrell County: Zion Bowser, 24, mariner, wife Nancy, 20, and son Hardy, 9 months.

Polly Bowser. Died 19 November 1932, Gum Neck, Tyrrell County. Negro. Widow of Randell Bowser. Midwife. Age 89. Born in Gum Neck to Abner Hill and Litha Hill, both of Gum Neck. Informant, Tom Barrow.

In the 1860 census of Tyrrell County: Abner Hill, 67, farmer, wife Elitha, 54, and Edmund, 23, William, 19, Elizabeth, 17, Mary, 12, Asa, 10, Agga, 8, and Eliza, 4.

John Bryant.  Died 28 November 1923, Alligator, Tyrrell County. Resided Fort Landing. Colored. Married to Burney Bryant. Farmer. Age about 70. Born Alligator to Martin Bryant of Gum Neck and Nancy Bowser of Alligator. Buried South Shore cemetery. Informant, Bunch Bryant.

In the 1860 census of Tyrrell County: Martin Bryan, 50, farm laborer, wife Nancy, 25, and children Victoria, 12, Mary, 10, Sarepta, 7, Martha, 6, John, 4, Affa, 1, and Nelson Bryan, 11.

Surnames: Tyrrell County, 1860.

The following surnames are found among free people of color in Tyrrell County in 1860: