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Re: news article re: ante-bellum Fayetteville, NC


A number of slave men, who were mechanics, were allowed to hire their own time and some of them were contractors and made money. A notable instance of this kind occurred in the career of Abel Paine. He was a carpenter, hired his time, made and saved enough money to purchase himself, his wife and five children. All of whom were emancipated and before he died Paine had accumulated some property. All those who are acquainted with the history of their State know that prior to 1835 there was borough representation. Several of the towns had the right to elect a member of the Legislature. In the borough elections at Fayetteville, the free colored vote was the balance of power, and it was a well-known fact that these colored men always voted for the best class of men for representatives. At Elizabethtown, in the county of Bladen, resided a colored man by the name of Lewis Sheridan. He was prominent and wealthy, he built a brick hotel at Elizabethtown, and during the sessions of court, the judges and lawyers boarded with him. He, however, was born a slave. His father had him emancipated, snet him North and had him educated in one of the best schools, and then, before the father died, he made a will and left all of his property, which consisted of two plantations, a good deal of money and 40 slaves, to Sheridan. After the vote was taken away from the colored man in 1835 Sheridan became dissatisfied, sold his land and took all of his slaves who would go with him to Liberia.

Charlotte, N. C., Aug 26.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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