I am not sure what "decreed" means in this context, but Pink was the offspring of the enslaved woman and the owner then she would have to have been freed by "will or deed" and you should look for that record. If Primus is free before the Civil War by purchase then you need to look for him the NC Census. I also suggest you try to find out what kinds of records are available for research for Chatham
: I have a TYLER line that is traced to one Pink Tyler and her
: husband. According to family history, Pink Tyler was a free
: mulatto, born in North Carolina, and the daughter of a
: slaveowner named Tyler who "decreed" that she and her
: offspring were free. She was "married" to a man by the
: name of Primus EDWARDS who was a slave to a man of the same
: surname. According to the family history, when 3 of their sons
: were "of age" they went to Canada, where they earned
: enough money, cutting wood, to purchase their father's freedom.
: Upon his emancipation, Primus took the surname of his wife.
: In a listing of North Carolina Free Colored Heads of Household, for
: 1820, I find a Pink Tyler listed in Chatham County. I believe
: that this MAY be my ancestress, but am unsure. The family
: history states that since the sons could not purchase his
: freedom directly, they prevailed upon a Quaker man to do so in
: exchange for them building him a barn. One of the reasons I
: think that this may be the Pink Tyler I'm looking for is that
: there seems to have been a large Quaker settlement in Chatham
: Does anyone have any suggestions on avenues that I can pursue in an
: attempt to narrow down whether or not this might by my ancestor
: and gain more information about her?