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Thomas & Lawrence...Edgecombe Co. North Carolina

Hello All,

My grandparents, George Thomas and Flora Lawrence were both born enslaved. George Thomas in Virginia, 16 May 1852 and Flora Lawrence in North Carolina, 2 Mar 1853. I’ve located both in the 1880 Census for Edgecombe County, with DIFFERENT spouses. I’ve also found them in the 1870 Edgecombe County Census and I believe the 1860 Slave Schedules for Edgecombe County. They are located in Greencastle, Putnam County, IN on the 1900, 1910 & 1920 Census records as husband and wife.

1860 Slave Schedule…we find a slave owner, Jas. W. Thomas with 9 slaves, two males who in 1860 match the ages of George (7) & John Thomas (13) found on the 1870 Census, ages 19 & 26 respectively, with a birth location of Virginia, I believe two of the males on the 1860 Census to be George and JohnThomas.

1860 Slave Schedule….we find a slave owner, Henry Lawrence with 12 slaves, ages and sex match for
Peter & Louisa and their 4 children at that time. Male (50), female (24), male (8), female (6), female (3) and female 4 (months). They are found by name in 1870 Peter (60), Louisa (34), Harris (18), Flora (16), Peter (13), Elizabeth (12), Lafaetta (9) and three new additions Louisa (8) and twins Molly and Andrew (5). Peter & Louisa are found in “Somebody Knows My Name”, by Barnetta McGhee White, as being married in 1866, after 19 years of cohabitation during their period of enslavement.

In 1880 George Thomas (27) is married to a Lucy (25), with 5 children, Martha (10), George (7), Penny, female (6), Louisa (4) and Lucy (1). Flora Lawrence (26) is married to a Lafayette Dickens (25) and has one child, B. Louis (9 mos.).

By the 1890’s George and Flora have migrated to Greencastle, in Putnam County, IN. Flora has had 5 additional children by Layfayette Dickens, Ken???, b 8 Apr 1881, Louisa, b 16 Apr 1882, Kelm??, b 10 Jun 1884, Mary Eliz., b 16 Sep 1887 and Henry L. b Jul 1889. I have no idea what happened to George’s family with Lucy.

On 4 Mar 1892 in Greencastle, IN George & Flora are united in marriage and they have three (3) children. James Arthur, b 31 Oct 1892, Walter William,( my father), b 18 Mar 1894 and Josephine, b 29 May 1896. Josephine died in infancy.

I’m trying to connect with any Thomas’, Lawrence’s and Dickens’ with North Carolina and or Indiana roots. Please excuse the length of this message, I tried to shorten it, but couldn’t seem to do it.

I have additional information to share if there is a connection.

Thanks for listening,

Art Thomas

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