Re: SOMERVILLE -Granville; R. CAPPS, & EATON, Warren Co.
I just happened to be looking through the Forum and discovered your message, there wasn't any notification via email; I haven't been to Afrigeneas in a while, so I guess it was fortunate I did look.
There is something on the surname, though not in Warren, it is in Granville and if you are familiar with the area, you will know the Counties are closely connected. I don't know if this is the one you are looking for, but it could prove of interest:
J. SOMERVILLE BOND
John SOMERVILLE, decd.
Know all men by these Presents that I JOHN SOMERVELL am held and firmly bound unto MICAJAH BULLOCK Esquire or his Successors in Office the Just & full sum of two thousand Pounds for which payment we bind ourselves our Heirs Executors Administrators or assigns as Witness our Hands and Seals this 3d day of Feb. AD 1807.
The condition of the above Obligation is such that whereas the County Court hath emancipated HANSON a Slave formerly the property of JOHN SOMERVELL decd. Now if the said JOHN doth ensure the said HANSON not to become chargeable to the County then the above to be void otherwise to remain in full force & virtue.
THO. SOMERVILLE (seal)
A record does exist for Warren Co.,however, for another name involving a SOMERVILLE, which may be of note:
BOND OF WILLIAM BURROUGHS
State of NC., County of Warren
Know all men by these presents that we WILLIAM BURROUGHS & JAMES SOMERVILL both of the County of Warren aforesaid, are held and firmly bound unto EDWIN D. DRAKE Clerk of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions of the County foresaid, for the use of REBECCA CAPPS a woman of Colour, in the just an full sum of one thousand and five hundred dollars for which sum well & truly to be paid, we bind ourselves and our heirs, Executors and administrators firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dated 29th Nov. 1834-
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas a suit is now pending in the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of the said County of Warren, in which a Woman of Colour calling herself by the above name of REBECCA CAPPS is Plantiff and the above bound WILLIAM BURROUGHS is Defendant, and whereas also the said WILLIAM BURROUGHS claims to be the owner of the said woman suing as aforesaid and claims the right to have the custody & possession of the said Woman, now therefore, the object of the said suite being to try the question whether the said Woman of Colour suing as aforesaid is and of right ought to be free by the laws of this State, or whether she is by the laws aforesaid the salve of the said BURROUGHS, if the said WILLIAM BURROUGHS shall well & truly produce the said woman of Colour before the said Court at each term while the said shall continue in the said Court, or in case of an appeal to the Superior Court of said County shall well and truly produce her at each Term of the said Superior Court, during the pending of said suit, and in the mean time & during the whole time while the said suit shall or pending between them shall treat the said woman with humanity- then the above obligation to be void otherwise to remain in full force & virtue.
PETER R. DAVIES
Warren Co. - Nov. Ct 1834 - this bond was duly executed in open Court and on motion ordered to be recorded.
Test - E.D. DRAKE - Clk
I see nothing on the EATONs in question; however I don't know if you've seen the will records, which can prove useful, a part of which is below:
Warren Co.,Will Abstracts 1845-1902
WILLIAM EATON- 21 July 1862 - probated Nov Ct 869 - WB 51/Pg. 11
Wife MARTHA- all the land I own on the north side of the Roanoke River, plus all stock, tools, etc,...Wife -a life estate in my house and lot in Warrenton & the furniture inside....children WILLIAM EATON JR, MRS. BETSY MACON FIELD & MRS. ELLA BELL. Wife MARTHA- Negroes CARTER and LEM. All the rest of my slaves have been placed in the possession of my daughter ELLA BELL, and are to be put into common stock and divided between my wife and daughters ELLA & BETSY.
Ex: son WILLIAM, son-in-law P.H. BELL
Wit: CHARLES SKINNER, JOHN T.WILLIAMS, ROBERT S. POWELL.
This will was obviously probated after the end of slavery, so the slaves were probably in the further records of the daughters mentioned. There was apparently a petition to contest the will by BENJAMIN F. LOCKHART, and his wife SEGNIORA (a granddaughter of EATON), against the executors, and the heirs stating that EATON was not of sound mind, age 80, when he made the will. Papers located in the file of HEARTY H(odge) WILLIAMS reveal the names of the heirs as ELLA R. BELL, wife of PETER H. BELL, BUCKNER EATON, WILLIAM EATON JR., & BETSY M. HOPKINS (wife of COL. H.L. HOPKINS of West Virginia).