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Re: Free in 1850 Cabarrus Cnty N.C
In Response To: Free in 1850 Cabarrus Cnty N.C ()

Posted By: Art Thomas
Date: Saturday, 13 August 2005, at 6:36 p.m.

In Response To: Free African Americans in 1850 Cabarrus Cnty N.C. (Joseph)

Joseph wrote:

According to

1850 Census for Cabarrus County, N.C.

57 Black and about 65 Mulatto

All of but two among the Black people are listed as Reid, the two remaining are Clarey surnames

Among the 65 Mulatoes are Joel House, Shinn, Wascher, White, Rowan Revels, and about 31 Reid surnames.

This gives me a very strange feeling about something. These are considered free persons. Joseph


Yes Joseph, very interesting post.

In the 1850 Census for Cabarrus County, NC there are 7 "white" Reid individuals enumerated and they have 20 slaves between them. And as you point out there are 122 Black & Mulattoes enumerated as FPOC's, the great majority of them surnamed Reid.

I wonder....was there an earlier mass manumission in Cabarrus County by the Reid families? If so, when? Are there manumission papers on file? Are the 7 "white" Reid families related? Were they the former owners of the Reid FPOC's? Why are there 20 who remained as Reid slaves?

It appears that Cabarrus County and their FPOC's would make for an interesting case study. You do know that Carter G. Woodson's "Free Negro Heads of Households - 1830" gives a number of approximately 20,000 FPOC's in NC for Census year 1830.

Perhaps we should move this thread to the FPOC Forum.

Art Thomas

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