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Re: HONESTY: another unique black surname?
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I've only seen the surname in one place, and that was in a North Carolina Court record as follows:
WARREN CO.,North Carolina Court Minutes-
NOVEMBER COURT 1800,
Page 14 - Monday - November 24th
On hearing the petition of Philemon Hawkins praying that two Negroes, the one by the name of Amy and the other by the name of Matthew, may be liberated for reasons in said petition set forth, it appearing to the Court that the said Negroes, for the said reason in the said petition set forth, ought to be liberated and emancipated, it is therefore considered by the Court that the said Negroes in the petition mentioned shall from this time be free and emancipated agreeable to the prayers of the petitioner, and that the said Negro Amy shall hereafter be known by the name of AMY HONESTY, and that the said Negro Matthew shall hereafter be known by the name of MATTHEW HAWKINS, agreeable to the prayers of the petition.
The thing is, while there is plenty on the MATTHEW HAWKINS mentioned in this record, nothing can be found on AMY HONESTY, nor what happened to her. MATTHEW named one of his daughters, AMY, I assume after the girl who was freed with him. This family was Mulatto and married into the CARTER & GREEN families, also free people of color in the area. In North Carolina, there was a time period when the General Assembly was giving the surname of GREEN to many emancipated people; they apparently gave MATTHEW the HAWKINS surname because he was a former slave of Philemon HAWKINS (Matthew had uncovered some circumstances of fraud by HAWKINS' grandson, while Amy had cared for HAWKINS during a long illness), but there is nothing that indicates why AMY was given the surname of HONESTY.
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