Fourth Generation Inclusive

Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

Tag: Wilson County

Free People of Color Listed in Mortality Schedule: 1860.

Emily Reed, 11, female, mulatto, Indian Springs, born NC, died July, worms, Wayne County.

Oma Whiter, 13, female, black, New Hope, born NC, died August, unknown causes, Wayne County.

Sarah Lasiter, 2 months, female, black, born NC, died November, smothered accident, Wilson County.

Jesse Ratley, 75, male, black, widower, born NC, died January, ditcher, f[illegible] intemperance, Franklin County.

Wesley Wilkins, 21, male, black, single, born NC, died April, farm laborer, pneumonia, Nash County.

Burrell Tabourn, Revolutionary War soldier.

State of North Carolina, Nash County  }   On this thirteenth day of August Eighteen hundred and Forty four Personally appeared in open Court Hardiman Tabourn a resident of the County of Nash and maketh the following declaration in order to obtain a pension under the act of Congress passed on the seventh day of June Eighteen hundred and thirty two and after being duly sworn according to law doth declare on his oath that he is the son of Burrell Tabourn who Enlisted in the war of the revolution in the year Seventeen hundred and eighty-one For the term of Twelve months under Capt Lytle and after he had served out that time he was drafted for a twelve month tour in the year of Seventeen hundred and eighty two as he has always heard his said father say who will more fully appear by two certificates which he has procured from the Secretary of the State of North Carolina, which he submits as evidence in Connection with his own of his Said Fathers services.

And further declares that his said Father Burrell Tabourn died leaving no widow and that his said father Burrell Tabourn died on the Ninth day of January Eighteen hundred and fortytwo and that he was Eighty one years old when he died and that he himself is forty nine years old and that he has three Brothers and two Sisters Namely Larkin Tabourn forty seven years old, Caleb Tabourn Thirtyfive years old, Boling Tabourn twentyeight years old, Beady Tabourn who intermarried with one Berry Locust Thirtytwo years old and Elizabeth Tabourn Thirty years old and he Further declares that his said Father was at the time he entered the Service a resident of the County of Nash and remained as Such up to this death and that he himself and all his brothers and sisters are Residents of the County of Nash and State aforesaid

And he Further declares that he has always heard his Father Say that he served the last Tower under the same Capt as he did the first two and he said Hardiman Further declares that he hims [sic]and he in behalf of his Brother and Sisters do hereby relinquish all Right to a pension whatever Except this

Sworn and subscribed to the day and date before written Before me  Francis M. Taylor CCC  Hardiman X Tabourn

From the file of Burrell Tabourn, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, National Archives and Records Administration.

In the 1850 census of Nash County: Caleb Tayborne, 51, wife Susan, 50, and children Quilly, 20, Jane, 15, Owen, 15, Martha, 12, Larkin, 12, and Sallie, 10.  Also, Larkin Tayborne, 57, Rebecca, 68, Ricks, 24, and Levenia, 15.  Also, Berry Locust, 50, wife Beedy, 45, and children Arthur, 25, Eliza, 19, Hepsy A., 16, Ivah, 15, Alsey, 12, Henry, 10, and Leymon, 8.  Hardy is not listed, but does appear in the 1860 census of Old Fields, Wilson County, as a 70 year-old living alone.

Free-Issue Death Certificates: MISCELLANEOUS.

John Lassiter.  Died 15 Jan 1915, Wilson, Wilson County. Colored. Married. Age 63. Born in NC to Silas Lassiter and Ophie Simpson, both of NC. Informant, Henry Lassiter, Wilson NC.

In the 1860 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Silas Lassiter, 38, Orpie, 34, Sallie, 12, Mary, 11, James, 9, John, 7, Elizabeth, 5, Penina, 4, Hardy, 3, Silas, 1, George, 2 months, and Delpha Simpson, 14.

William Henry Hall. Died 23 June 1925, Saratoga, Wilson County. Black. Married, Lucy Hall. Born 15 Aug 1946, Wayne County, to unknown father and Exaline West of Wayne County. Buried Bethel cemetery. Informant, Sue Batts.

Louisa Johnson.  Died 15 Jan 1934, Wilson, Wilson County. Resided 503 Warren Street. Colored. Widow of Henry Johnson. Age 78. Born in NC to John and Julia Kersey. Informant, Gertrude Jones, 309 Elba Street, Wilson.

In the 1860 census of Wilson, Wilson County: John Kerney, 37, wife Julia, 31, and children Louisa, 9, Dellah, 6, John, 5, and William, 1.

Harriet Hattie Dixon. Died 16 Jan 1958, Wilson, Wilson County. Widow. Born 27 June 1865, Wilson County to Wyatt Lynch and Nicie [last name unknown.] Farmer. Informant, Mrs. Hattie Anderson.

In the 1870 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Wyatt Lynch, 48, wife Nicey, 35, and children Harriet, 4, and John, 1.

Council Ayers. Died 1 Dec 1915, Spring Hill, Wilson, Wilson County. Born Dec 1830 to Sampson Ayers and unknown mother. Buried Boyette NC. Informant, William Ayers.

In the 1860 census of District #9, Johnston County: Council, 11, and Henry Ayres, 9, in the household of 48 year-old white merchant James Faulk.

Henderson Brantley. Died 2 Dec 1916, Taylor’s, Wilson County. Negro. Widow. About 80 years old. Born Nash County to unknown father and Bettie Brantley. Informant, Chas. Brantley.

In the 1850 census of Nash County: Betsy Brantly, 50, with children Kimbrell, 25, Henderson, 14, and Guilford B. Brantley, 12.

Acount of Sale of the Property of Bethana Jones

Image“Acount of the Sale of the Property of Bethana Jones Dest: Sold the 28 of December 1852 on a Credit of Six months the Percher to give Note With Two Approved Suritis before the Rite Con is Changed Sold by Bengamin Simpson a Special Admin”

Bethana Jones was a prosperous farmer, matriarch of a sprawling family that knit all of southern Nash and western Wilson Counties’ major free colored families, including Joneses, Blackwells, Powells, Evanses, and Locuses.  Kinsmen purchasing goods from her estate included Willis Jones, Jacob Jones, William Jones, Asberry Blackwell, Dempsey Powell, Shadrach Jones, and Joseph Jones. This is the first page of three.

Estate Records, Records of Wilson County, North Carolina State Archives.

Free-Issue Death Certificates: LOCUS.

Can Locus. Died 16 Dec 1915, Nahunta, Wayne County. Married. Colored. About 56 years old. Laborer. Born Wayne County to Calos Hegans and Wait Locus.  Buried in family burial ground. Informant, Bud Locust, Stantonsburg.

In the 1870 census of Nahunta, Wayne County: Raiford Coley, 70, Waity Locus, 55, Dewitt, 15, Candus, 12, and Wiley, 10.  See also “Babies’ Daddies” post for the 1857 bastardy action involving Waity Locus and Calvin Hagans.

Syth Locus.  Died 15 Oct 1921, Black Creek, Wilson County. Married to Melvina Locus. Colored. Farmer. Age 90. Born in Virginia to John Locus and Nancy [no last name]. Informant, Mary Locus, Black Creek.

John Locus.  Died 22 Dec 1926, Taylors, Wilson County. Colored. Widow. Age 83. Farmer. Born Wilson County to unknown father and Eliza Locus. Buried family cemetery. Informant, John Locus Jr.

Susie Locus. Died 8 Jan 1922, Coopers, Nash County. Resided Spring Hope. Colored. Single. Born 1850 to Berry Locus and Beaty Locus. Buried Allen burial ground. Informant, Newsome Bryant.

In the 1860 census of Coopers, Nash County: Berry Locus, 65, wife Beaddy, 60, and Hepsey Locus, 23.

Acy Locus. Died 14 Jul 1958, Rocky Mount, Nash County. Resided Wilson County. Colored. Born Oct 1860, Wilson County to Martin Locus and Eliza Brantley. Buried family cemetery, Wilson County.

Dock Jacobs.

ImageDOCK JACOBS, son of Jesse A. Jacobs Jr. (1856-1926) and Sarah Bridgers Jacobs (1866-ca1895).

See also “Jesse & Sarah Henderson Jacobs.”

Original in possession of Lisa Y. Henderson.

Annie Eatmon Locus.


ANNIE EATMON LOCUS was born about 1877 in Wilson County to Wilmouth Eatmon (ca1834-ca1910), a free woman of color, and Hackney High, a white man.  She married Acey (or Ace or Asa) Locus (1860-1958), son of Martin and Eliza Brantley Locus.  Annie E. Locus died in 1952.

Photo courtesy of Gregory J. Wilkins.

Surnames: Wilson County, 1860.


Where are they now? Nos. 6, 7 and 8.

P.M. was born in the mid-1960s in Wilson NC.  She is descended from:

(1) Rhoda Reid [ca1795-ca1865, Wayne County] via John Reid [1826-ca1890, Wayne County] via Isaiah Reid [1853-??, Wayne County]


S.T. was born in the early 1960s in Wilson NC.  She is descended from:

(1) Celia Tabourn [??-??, Nash County] via Lemon Tabron [1837-ca1895, Nash/Wilson County]


S.B. was born in the early 1960s in Wilson NC.  He is descended from:

(1) Richard Hagans [1828-ca1890, Edgecombe County] via Lawrence Hagans [1850-1826, Edgecombe/Wilson County]

(2) Alice Ann Faithful [1829-??, Edgecombe County]

Children born to free mulatress.

These are names of slaves born to free mulatress ages of the children of Eliza Hall

William Henry Hall was born Feb the 11th 1844

Patrick Hall was born October the 6th 1845

Margaret Ann Hall was born Feb the 12th 1847

Louiser Hall was born April the 9th 1849

Balam Hall was born Feb 7th 1851

These entries (the first sentence in a different hand) were inscribed in the Bible of Lewis Ellis (1794-1854) of Wilson County.  Ellis’ good friend, James Bullock Woodard (1793-1863), was the father of Eliza Hall’s five children.  (Who were, of course, as free as their mother.)  The 1850 census of Edgecombe County lists Eliza Hall, age 26, with her children Wm. (6), Patrick (4), Martha [sic] (3), and “girl” (1).  In 1860, they are in Saratoga district, Wilson County.  The Bible remains in the Ellis family.