N.C. Slave Ancestral Research
Hello AfriGeneas Family,
Here's one of my brick walls. In c. 1838, my great-great-grandfather, Robert "Bob" Ealy, was brought to Leake County, Mississippi from Nash/Franklin County, North Carolina. His enslaver, William W. & Frances Bass Eley, brought him with them to MS, as well as a slave named Hester. William Eley inherited Hester from his father's estate, and Frances inherited Bob from her father, Jesse Bass, who bequeathed him to her in 1822. When I ordered the estate record of Jesse Bass (1822, Nash Co., NC) by mail from the NC Archives, they only sent me his will, which I already had a transcribed copy. I would like to search for Jesse Bass's estate inventory, in hopes that the slaves are listed so that I can hopefully deduce who Bob's mother may have been. Are N.C. inventories recorded in separate books/files? Were estate inventories taken in N.C.?