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Re: Revolutionary War and Other Questions
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The two Sampsons of New Hanover County are well documented in records. James Drawhorn Sampson was a carpenter and prominent property owner in Wilmington. Carter G. Woodson featured this Sampson family in the Januray 1940 issue of the Negro History Bulletin. This James Sampson was a native of Sampson County, said to be the son of a white slave owner who gave him his freedom and slaves. He had descendants who could be traced to the 20th century in the article.
I found a will for the other man you named Henry Sampson. His wife was Betsy and the only child he named in the will was a son Joseph E. The couple married as slaves in 1839 in Wilmington. I don't know when they obtained their freedom. Henry also identified his grandchildren who were minors at the time, Henry, William and Lucy. The will was written in 1871. This Henry Sampson died some time before 16 November 1875 when the will was recorded in the New Hanover county court.
Henry had a brother named Aaron whose September 1875 will named his nephew Joseph E. Sampson (thereby indirectly revealing Henry as his sibling) and brothers Cornelius and Shephard. Based upon Woodson's article mentioned above, it is possible that these three brothers may have been the slaves given to James Drawhorn Sampson by his father, as all four men were carpenters (the article said that James Drawhorn's father made him promise to train his slaves in the manner that he'd been trained, and that they became "carpenters by the name of Sampson".)
I don't have anything on the other Henry Sampson in the census.
Several years ago I learned that a Henry Sampson from North Carolina filed for bankruptcy and that the National Archives in Atlanta had North Carolina bankruptcy files. However after contacting the facilitiy, I learned that he had a file, but that the papers within it had been misplaced and were replaced by those of another man. There was no supporting information, no abstract of the bankruptcy case or file.
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