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Re: Emancipation Records Look-ups in North Carolin
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There are no Columbus County Records in the book. The name Brinkly only appears in Perquimans County in relationship to a bond filed "for the good behaviour of Negro Harey", in 1810. NATHL. BRINKLY was one of the signers of the bond.
The key to locating an ancestor in these records seems to be if you know when was the first time they turned up in the census records as free, what county they were in, and, in my case, a group of family first names. I only took a long-shot and looked up their known last name, GREEN, and found at least one in the index and proceeded from there. I happened to find all of their names listed as a family, which I had never expected because I wasn't sure of their exact relationship to each other until then. I was lucky in that they were part of a group of slaves that were listed on a document from the General Assembly of North Carolina, that were from various counties of the state. To further confuse matters, I learned from these records that their surnames were assigned to them by the G.A. and they didn't always represent the slaveowners name. I didn't even know their slaveowners name was WILLIAMS until I saw this entry. I subsequently located his will, which had requested that these particular slaves be freed. What is so ironic is that this was the same WILLIAMS family that later owned my Great Grandfather HUBBARD WILLIAMS, from my other side. Who knew?
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