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Eleven acres to my daughters and then my grandchildren.

North Carolina, Wilson County   }

In the name of God, Amen.

I, Jordan Thomas, of the State and County aforesaid, do make this my last will and testament. I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughters, Harty Thomas and Henretta Thomas the land which I now live the same being situate in Gardner’s Township, Wilson County, adjoining the lands of Benj. Finch, Benj. Artis, & T.W. Barnes, containing about eleven acres to them their natural lives and at their death to my grandchildren – Jordan Thomas, Alford Thomas and Charity Hagans, in fee simple.

In testimony whereof witness my hand and seal this 5th day of July 1899.  Jordan X Thomas

Signed in the presence of Geo. W. Thomas, W.A. Gill

Will Book 3, Page 433, Office of Clerk of Superior Court, Wilson County Courthouse, Wilson.

In the 1860 census of Gardner, Wilson County: Jordon Thomas, 50, turpentine; daughters Henrietta, 21, Eliza, 20, and Harly, 18; and grandson John Thomas, 1.

Wilmouth Eatman gives share and share alike.

NORTH CAROLINA, WILSON COUNTY   }

I, Wilmouth Eatman of the aforesaid county and state being of sound mind and desposing memory, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence do make and declare this my last will and testament.

FIRST: My executor, hereinafter named shall give my body a decent burial suitable to the wishes of my relatives and friends and pay all funeral and burial expenses to-gether with all my just debts out of the first monies which may come into his hands belonging to my estate.

SECOND: I give and devise to my four children Joe Eatman, Magaret Locus, Kinion Eatman, and Annie Locus, wife of Acie Locus, Joitly and equally to share and share alike in the devision of same of the proceeds thereof, the lands conveyed to me by Deal Howard which said deed is duly recorded in book 24 page 195 Register Deeds Office Wilson County, said lands being situated in the said County and state, Taylors Township adjoining the lands of John B. Thompson, Wood Eatman, Deal Howard, the mark Mathews land et als. And bounded as follows to-wit: Beginning at a Gum in the big branch, thence south 2 ½ west to a stake in John B. Thompson line thence north 87 ½ west 69 poles to a stake in said Thompson’s line, thence south 2 ½ east to a black gum in said big branch, thence down said branch to the beginning containing forty one and one fourth acres, more or less.

THIRD: I give and devise to my son Kinion Eatman and my daughter Annie Locus, wife of Acie Locus Joitly and equally to share and share alike in the lands of proceeds thereof all my right title and interested in that certain track of land conveyed to me and Robt. Eatman by Bettie Mathews (See book 57 page 23 Wilson County Register of Deeds Office, The lands being situated in said county and state Taylor Township adjoining the lands of D.E. Mathews Zealous Howard Etals and bounded as fellows: to-wit: Beginning at a corner pine in Bettie Mathews Line, thence up nash road to another corner in the D.E. Mathews line, thence south along said line Zealous Howard line, thence nearly east along the canal to Ed. Farmer’s line thence north along Farmer’s line to the beginning estimated to be about 11 or 12 acres more or less.

FOURTH: I give and bequeath to my said son Robt. Eatman and my daughter Annie Locus, wife of Acie Locus, equally all my personal property of each and every description which I may own at my death, including money on hand, house hold and kitchen furniture, stock, crops, choses in action, to be equally divided between my two said children Kinion and Annie by mu Executor hereinafter named.

FIFTH: It is my will and desire that my executor hereinafter named may either have the lands herein devised to my said children partetioned and allotted to each in severalty, or sold and the monies arising from said sale equally divided as their respective interest appears. Said division of lands or money to be determined according to the wishes of the majority of my said children.

It is my further will and desire that should either one of my said children above named die without issue or legal heirs, or children then and in that event it is my will and desire that said share is shares devised or bequeathed to my said said child or children shall go and be equally divided between my living children and their lawful heirs.

SIXTH. I hereby constitute and appoint my trusty friends and legal adviser J.A. Farmer my lawful Executor to all interest and purposes to execute this my last will and testament to the time intent and morning of same, and every part thereof hereby revoking and declaring utterly void and all other will and testament by me heretofore made.

In witness whereof, I the said Wilmouth Eatman do hereunto set my hand and seal this 10th day of April 1911. Wilmouth X Eatman

Will Book 5, page 79. Office of Clerk of Superior Court, Wilson County Courthouse, Wilson.

In the 1850 census of Nash County: Nelson Eatman, 54, farmer, wife Rinda, 33, and children Rhoda, 12, Wilmot, 12, Princy, 10, Ginny, 8, Smithy, 6, and Alford, 4. In the 1870 census of Taylor, Wilson County: Nelson Eatmon, 53, farmer; wife Marinda, 50; daughter Welmouth, 31, and her children William, 13, Robert, 11, Margaret, 10, Crawford, 4, and Missouri, 7 months; and children Gremsey, 25, Alfred, 23, Emily, 16, Nelson, 13, and Jarman, 11.  In the 1880 census of Taylors township, Wilson County: Wilmoth Eatmon, 46, and children Joseph 24, Robt., 22, Kenan, 7, and Anna, 2, living among a cluster of Eatmons, Howards and Locuses. [Sidenote: Wilmouth Eatman’s sister Rhoda Eatman married Zealous “Deal” Howard. – LYH]

Unlawfully did migrate, no. 4.

State of North Carolina, Wilson County   } Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions October Term 1850

The Jurors for the State aforesaid upon their oath present that Gray Powel a free negro late of the county of Wilson on the 1st day of June AD 1859 at & in the said county unlawfully did migrate into the State of North Carolina contrary to the provisions of the act of the general assembly in such cases made & provided & that the said Gray Powel afterwards to wit up to this time doth yet remain in said State & in the county aforesaid contrary to the form of the Statute in each case made & provided & against the peace & dignity of the State    /s/ B.B. Barnes Solicitor

Slave Records, Wilson County Records, North Carolina State Archives.

In the 1850 census of Stephen Powell, 47, wife Synthia, 36, and children Gray, 9, Queen Anne, 8, Dolly, 7, Crockett, 3, and Noab, 1. [Sidenote: If this is the right Gray Powell, it suggests that he left the state prior to 1859 and tried to return. — LYH]

300 acres to be sold at the courthouse door.

NOTICE.

By virtue of a decree of the Superior Court of Wilson county, rendered January 5th, 1882, I will sell at the Court House door in Wilson Monday the 6th day of February 1882, the lands whereof Nelson Eatman died seized, consisting of three tracts adjoining the lands of M.M. Mathews, Deal Howard, William Taylor and others, containing three hundred acres more or less. Terms: one thousand dollars cash, balance on credit of eight months. Title reserved till payment of all the purchase money.  F.A. WOODARD, Adm.

Wilson Advance, 3 February 1882.

In the 1860 census of Wilson County: Nelson Eatman, 50, farmer, wife Morinda, 45, and children Elizabeth, 20, Ginsey, 18, Smithy, 17, Alfred, 14, Nelson, 5, Emily, 7, and Jarman, 2.

Did unlawfully live as man & wife with a slave.

State of North Carolina, Wilson County to wit:

Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions January Term AD 1859

The Jurors for the State on their oath present that Benjamin Price a free negro late of the County of Wilson on the 1st day of December AD 1858 and divers other days and times both before and after that day at and in the county aforesaid did unlawfully cohabit & live as man & wife with Easter a slave the property of Dempsey Barnes contrary to the form of the statute in such cases made & provided and against the peace & dignity of the state.    /s/ B.B. Barnes Sol

[Reverse: State vs Ben Price A Slave for Wife / Gov Pros Wit Dempsey Barnes  / Not a true Bill W.E.J. Shallington For’n Grand Jury]

Miscellaneous Records, Wilson County Records, North Carolina State Archives.

Free Colored Inhabitants of the Town of Wilson, Wilson County, 1860.

#352. James Higgins, 16, day laborer; Mary Butler, 40, cook, and Molly Butler, 1; in the household of E.T. Mayo.

#354. John Butler, 18, “ostler,” in the household of H.W. Peel.

#355. Lemon Taborn, 26, barber; William Shavers, 25, barber; and William Johnston, 23, carpenter; in the household of Joseph Barbee.

#362. Dave Simms, 25, day laborer, in the household of W.D. Rountree, merchant.

#369. Eliza Himan, 15, and Theodore Himan, 5, in the household of David Nolly, farmer.

#385. Joseph Thorn, 30, plasterer, and Caroline Thorn, 24, domestic, in the household of A.H. Williams, merchant.

#386. Sarah Locus, 6, in the household of Thomas C. Davis, County Court Clerk.

#388. Tenie Marbly, 11, and Henry Wiggins, 40, carpenter, in the household of Edmund Moore, farmer.

#392. Asburn Dunstan, 23, laborer, in the household of H.L. Winton, boarding house operator.

In the 1850 census of Louisburg, Franklin, Lemuel Dunn, 60, blacksmith; Milly Dunn, 60; Jane Fog, 19; Osborn Dunstan, 14; and John Fog, 8.  The household is listed among a cluster of Dusntan households, including: Osborn Dunstan, 57, swayer, Barbary, 50, and Sarah Dunston, 18, and Osborn May, 6. Also, in Timberlakes, Franklin County: Osborn Dunston, 52, and Sally Dunstan, 16.

#398. John Kersey, 37, blacksmith; wife Julia, 31; and children Louisa, 9, Dellah, 6, John, 5, and William, 1.  Kersey reported personal property valued at $300.

#399. Joseph Thorn, 25, brickmason; wife Caroline, 19, washerwoman; and daughter Fannie, 8 months; plus Bettie Fogg, 60, day laborer.

#401. Noah Lynch, 30, plasterer, and wife Piaty Lynch, 33, washerwoman; plus Julia Higgins, 20, domestic; John James, 10, and Martha Taylor, 7.  Lynch reported personal property valued at $700.

#406. Jesse H. Artis, 48, hostler, in the household of George Howard, Superior Court Judge.

#419. Joseph Fogg, 50, shoemaker, in the household of Edwin Eatmon, bootmaker.

In the 1850 census of Warren, Warren County: Joseph Fogg, 37, shoemaker.

Free-Issue Death Certificates: MISCELLANEOUS, no. 6.

James Llewellyn Faithful.  Died 10 April 1943, Princeville, Edgecombe County. Negro. Married to Mary Faithful. Grocer. Born 15 February 1860, Edgecombe County, to Ervin Thigpen and Beatty Faithful, both of Edgecombe County. Buried Saint Paul, Tarboro. Informant, Mary Faithful.

In the 1860 census of Tarboro, Edgecombe County: Beedy Faithful, 29, children Joanna, 4, John F., 2, and Llewellen, 5 months, plus Alice Hagans, 11, Nancey Wilkins, 29, and Cintha J. Wilkins, 4.

Asberry Blackwell.  Died 21 September 1919, Old Fields, Wilson County. Colored. Widowed. Age 62. Farm hand for Grover Lamm, Wilson County. Born Wilson County to Asberry Blackwell and an unknown mother. Informant, George Flowers.

Willmas Eatmon.  Died 21 July 1916, Taylor’s, Wilson County. Negro. Widow. Age about 85. Retired servant on farm. Born Wilson County to Nelson Eatmon and Renda Eatmon. Buried Wilson County. Informant, Willis Ellis.

Deal Howard. Died 6 December 1939, Oldfield, Wilson County. Resided Route 2, Wilson. Colored. Widower. Age 79. Farmer. Born Wilson County to Deal Howard and Rhodie Howard. Buried Wilson County. Informant, Herman Howard.

John Lassiter. Died 15 January 1915, Wilson, Wilson County. Colored. Married. Age 63. Son of Silas Lassiter and Ophie Simpson. Buried in Wilson County. Informant, Henry Lassiter.

Willis Barnes.  Died 15 September 1914, Wilson, Wilson County. Colored. Married. Age 73. Farmer. Born Nash County to Toney Eatman and Annie Eatman, both of Nash County. Informant, Jesse Barnes, Wilson NC.

The 1850 census of Nash County shows Tony Eatman, age 55, farmer, living in the household of Theophilus Eatman, 70, a white farmer.  Willis and his mother, presumably, were enslaved.

Free-Issue Death Certificates: TABORN, TAYBOURNE, TABRON, ETC.

Weathie Jones. Died 31 March 1923, Bailey, Nash County. Negro. Widow of Wilie Jones. Age 91. Born Nash County to Edmond Taborn and Weathie Taborn, both of Nash County. Buried Stokes Chapel. Informant, Willey Powell.

In the 1850 census of Nash County, Edmond Tayborne, 27, wife Polly, 24, and children Wealthy, 7, Henderson, 5, Mary, 3, and Carolina, 1.

Mordecie Mills. Died 23 June 1914, Nash County. Negro. Widow. Age 63. Daughter of Jackson Tayborne and Mary Tayborne, both of Nash County. Informant, Asy Mills, Spring Hope.

Dorsey Taborn. Died 3 July 1918, Jackson, Nash County. Negro. Widower of Martha Taborn. Age 76 years, 2 months, 26 days. Farmer. Born Nash County to Allen Taborn and Mary Mitchell, both of Nash County. Buried “Negro cemetery.” Informant, Neal Taborn, Spring Hope.

In the 1850 census of Nash County, Jackson Tayborne, 25, laborer, wife Mary 26, and children Margie A., 9, Emily A., 7, Dossey, 4, and Mordecie, 2.

William Howard. Died 10 April 1928, Mannings, Nash County. Colored. Widower. Age 78 years, 6 months, 1 day. Farm laborer. Born Nash County, to W. Riley Howard and Absila Taborn. Buried family cemetery. Informant, Tilman Richardson.

In the 1850 census of Nash County, in the poorhouse, Absilla Howard, 20, and son William R., 7 months, and Wriley Howard, 26.

Dennis Taybron. Died 27 May 1932, Wilson, Wilson County. Resided 300 Vick Street. Colored. Widower of Harriett Taybron. Farmer. Born about 1857, Nash County, to Allen Taybron and Tibitha Taybron, both of Nash County. Buried Nash County. Informant, Sandora Reid, Wilson.

In the 1850 census of Nash County, Allen Taybourne Jr., 30, wife Bertha, 22, and children Rixy, 3, and Dennis, 1.

Ausborn and Mariah Dunstan.

The headstones of Ausborn Dunstan and wife, Maria Dunstan, are found in Row E of Rest Haven Cemetery, Wilson, North Carolina’s African-American cemetery.  Unless reinterred from Rountree cemetery –  the earlier graveyard serving Wilson’s black folks, abandoned circa 1950 – they are among the earliest burials in Rest Haven.

Though both were free-born, and accordingly not subject to legislation creating a path to legitimation of slave marriages, Orsborn Dunson and Mariah Monday registered their five-year marriage on 24 August 1866 in Wilson County.

In the 1860 census of Wilson, Wilson County:  Asburn Dunstan, 23, laborer, in the household of H.L. Winton, who kept a boarding house.

In the 1850 census of North Side of the Neuse, Wayne County: Moriah Munda, 9, black, listed as farmhand in the household of John G. Barnes, 33, white, farmer.

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She was fully 5/8ths white.

“Facts in matter of James Lamms Children –

“Joe Horne – Great Grandmother of these children was Ezrit Locas _ She was about [sic] _ I think her father was a white man _ Grandmother was Wealthy Locas Think her father was a white man _ Know mother of children, Jane Lamm. Think her father was a white man _ said to be Van B. Carter _ Father of children James Lamm white _

“H.M. Rowe – Know Ezrit Locas _ she was fully 5/8 white _ her father a white man _ Grandmother is practically white. Her father was a white man. Mother of child, her father was a white man _ Jane Lamm father white _ Jane Lamm Great Grandmother was 5/8 white at least _ Grandmother _ Her father was Dallas Taylor a pure blooded white man _ Mother of child _ Her father pure blooded white man.”

This unsigned handwritten note is found among papers related to the matter of James Lamm v. J.S. Horne, Fred B. Boswell, A.A. Aycock, School Committeemen of Black Creek Township, filed in November Term, 1909, in Wilson County Superior Court.  Lamm complained that his children had been barred from the white public school in Black Creek, though they had attended for many years prior.  Based on the evidence above, a judge determined that the children, though descended from free women of color, were sufficiently white to attend white schools, and so ordered.  School Records, 1909; Wilson County Miscellaneous Records; North Carolina State Archives.

In the 1900 census of Black Creek, Wilson County: James Lamm, born 1837; wife Jane, 1869; and children Robert L., 1890, James C., 1892, Mamie, 1895 and Leona, 1897; all described as white.  Nearby: Wealthy Locas, born 1849, single, mother of eight (six living), and her children Zacariah, 1886, and Fannie, 1890; all black.  

Jane Carter Lamm died 21 February 1945 in Wilson, Wilson County.  Her death certificate lists her parents as Van Carter and Wealthy Joyner, and she is classified as white.