I hope you are still doing look-ups. It looks like your are being bombarded...but here goes. I traced my ggg-grandfather, Craton Proctor (first wife Mary Jane) to the 1860 census of Rutherford County, NC (part later divided into Polk County)in the Green Hill - Catheys' Creek area meaning he was free prior to the civil war. He was in his 30's. However I can't find him prior to 1860. I got a digital copy of his 1874 marriage license to his second wife Catherine Hooper. He gives his parents names as William and Elizabeth Proctor. There is an Elizabeth Proctor a mulatto living with a White female named Susan Proctor and several mulatto's on the 1850 census. There are small children living in the home, one of whom is named Crate, our shortened family name for Craton. I believe this might be his family and perhaps he was set free or "bound out". There are several White Proctors in the area. I think his first name may have been William also aa there have been several William Craton Proctors in our family line. Secondly, his second wife Catherine's parents were Alfred Hooper, a Black man, and Elizabeth Suttles, a White woman. The two were married in 1832, meaning he was free at least by 1831. The Supreme Court of NC declared thier marriage illegal and nulled in 1844. However, they are on the 1850 Census living together with their older sons and daughters. On the 1860 census, Alfred and all the older sons have disappeared from the household. Anything you can find on them would be wonderful.