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Slave/FCP Records-Granville Co.-NC State Archives

While doing some searching on the North Carolina State Archives MARS
database, I came across some records pertaining to Slaves & Free People of Color that might be of interest to Granville
County researchers. Note that this describes the contents of the files listed in the Call Numbers, and there is a bit of the details about some of the names which can in themselves be useful; however to see the actual files, one would have to visit the State Archives to view the files in their entirety:

Miscellaneous Records of Slaves and Free Persons of Color
Title:Miscellaneous Records of Slaves and Free Persons of Color
Provenance:Class: County Records [Collection]
Group: Granville County
Series: Miscellaneous Records
Years:1755-1871, no date
Creator: Clerk of Superior Court; Clerk of Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions; Register of Deeds
Call Number:C.R.044.928.21
MARS Id:244.103.9 (Box)
Quantity:1 Fibredex box(es)

Miscellaneous Records of Slaves and Free Persons of Color
Includes agreement between William Royster and Harris Williams for hire of Negro Charles, 1837; agreement for rent of plantation and building of Negro house, 1848, and Allen vs. Paschall and Daws, 1850; bills of sale for slaves, 1790 - 1792, 1813, 1820; bill of sale for Diana and children (see Miscellaneous Records, Marriage Settlement, Edwin Nuttall and Sarah Ware to Augustin Landis, 1852); other bills of sale for slaves and personal property may be seen by asking for fibredex box 044.401.5; certification by James Hester that David Spencer, colored man, has lost a horse, undated;
certification that Willie Johnson was free man, 1853; correspondence, James Clark to John Penn in regard to Ben, whose mother was reputed to be Indian, 1781; Benj. Vicery (?), claiming Indian parentage, petitions for his freedom, 1782; copy of document, Indian Sarah vs. Sarah Clarke, 1757; correspondence, Samuel Downey to Honorable Richard Graves (this folder is empty - see Civil Actions Concerning Land, Beasley vs. Downey, 1849);
coroners' inquests into deaths of slaves and free persons of color (see card for Coroners' Inquests, 1 fibredex box); county accounts for commitment of John Black, man of color, charged with burglary, 1812; deposition, Lancaster District, South Carolina, by Mason Mosee (?) about infant male Negro (Denton vs. Starke), 1805; emancipation of slaves, undated, 1805 - 1837 (5 folders); exchange of tobacco and a negro man between Hicks and Henderson, 1779; Frazier's bond for importation of slaves, 1789; Freedman's Bureau order that
complaint of Thomas Hardy vs. Bevins Brandon be heard in the civil courts, 1865; Hammon's note to John Lewis for hire of one wench and two children, 1783; Henry Edmunds' request for news of whereabouts of free Negro runaway who is in his debt, undated; former slaves - see divorce records, James McGehe vs. Winney McGehe, 1876, and Martha E. Satterwhite vs. William L. Satterwhite for documents containing information relating to former slaves, 1871; grand jury presentments concerning free persons of color, 1811 - 1812;
homestead and personal property exemption for Mark Chaves, free man of color, 1860 (this folder is empty - see homestead and personal property exemptions); hue and cry for Chavos, Newbery and Kitrell for theft of Negro, 1775; insurrection charges made against slave Quillo, 1794; levies against Paschall and Duke, 1857; list of negroes belonging to John Rooker, 1780; list of slaves imported by land by Ephraim Frazier, 1789; list of negroes brought into state by Robert Burton, 1788; Marrit's certification that Samuel Chavois (?) is a free man, 1786; note, "Edmund belongs to Mary E.Hunt", undated; oath of Simon Hayes that Elbert Finch is free boy, 1855;
orders to constables to make search for free persons of color who may have migrated into the state; reports of constables on backs of documents, 1830;pardon of slave Aleck by Governor Z. B. Vance, 1864 (see criminal actions concerning slaves and free persons of color, 1864); patrols - act of Granville court to carry into effect a legislative act empowering the county courts to appoint patrols, undated; patrols, undated, 1800 - 1861 (broken series); Patterson's bond for hire of negro boy, 1773; request for blank marriage licenses for freedmen, 1867; reward receipt to Landis for slave,
1854; Sims petitions Henderson to show why he detains him in slavery, undated; slavery, subject of (see grand jury presentment to February Court on subject on slavery, fibredex box 044.915.6); summons for 21 free persons of color; this folder is empty: see election records for folder titled contested election between L. Edwards and W. Bradsher vs. R. Lassiter and S. Barnett, 1871; Taylor and Cawthon's copartnership for purchase and sale of negroes, 1828; Thomas Davis' bond for Negro Luke to carry a gun, 1755;
United States vs. Negro Ruffin and Negro James (charged with robbing the mail between Oxford and Raleigh), 1826; Washington and Andrews of Northampton County request "hue and cry" in search for stolen slaves, 1762.


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