State Records of North Carolina
An Act to Emancipate Certain Negroes Therein Mentioned.
Whereas, it hath been represented to this General Assembly, that ROBERT SHAW, in his lifetime, did receive a valuable consideration for the further services
of a certain negro woman named AMELIA, and has certified the same and declared her to be free: and by petition of THOMAS LOVICK, it appears to be his desire
that a certain negro woman by the name of BETTY, belonging to him, should be set free; also a petition of MONSIEUR CHAPONEL, desiring to have set free a
mulatto slave belonging to him, by the name of LUCY, of three and half years old. And whereas, it appears by the petition of EPHRAIM KNIGHT, of Halifax
County, that he is desirous to emancipate two young mulatto men, called RICHARD and ALEXANDER, the property of said EPHRAIM; and it hath also been
represented to this Assembly by JOHN ALDERSON, of Hyde County, that it is his desire to set free a mulatto boy belonging to him, called SAM; And whereas, it
hath been made appear to this Assembly by the petition of THOMAS NEWMAN, of Fayetteville, that he hath a mulatto boy belonging to him, which he is desirous
to emancipate, and known by the name of THOMAS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That the said negro women
called AMELIA and BETTY, and the mulatto girl called LUCY, and the said mulatto men RICHARD and ALEXANDER, and the mulatto boy called SAM, and the Negro
boy, named THOMAS CLINCH, shall be, and each of them are hereby emancipated and declared free; and the said RICHARD and ALEXANDER shall take and use the
surname of DAY, and the mulatto boy SAM shall be known and called by the name of SAMUEL JOHNSON; and the said slaves so liberated, and each of them, are
hereby declared to be able and capable in law to posses and enjoy every right, privelege and immunity, in as full and ample manner as they could or might
have done if they had been born free.
An Act to Emancipate Certain Persons therein Named.
Whereas by the last will and testament of EPHRAIM KNIGHT, of the County of Halifax, he appeared to be desirous to emancipate two Mulatto girls belonging to
him by the name of SABINA and POLLY; and as the said EPHRAIM KNIGHT died without making application to the General Assembly to pass a law to that effect.
Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, that the said Mulatto
girls SABINA and POLLY be emancipated and set free from slavery, and henceforward be called and known by the names of SABINA CURTIS and POLLY CURTIS; under
which names respectively they shall be, and hereby invested with, and henceforward entitled to every right and privilege they would have, had they been
severally born free, any law or usage to the contrary notwithstanding.
(See Will of Ephraim Knight)
An Act to Emancipate Certain Persons therein Mentioned.
Whereas sundry petitions have been presented to this General Assembly, praying that AUSTIN CURTIS, a mulatto slave belonging to WILLIE JONES; GRACE, and
her children, to wit, RICHARD, HARRIOT, SAMUEL, REBECCA, and ELIZABETH formerly the property of JOHN DAVIS, deceased; ABSALOM SPICER, formerly of
BENJAMIN RUSH; and RACHEL formerly the property of SARAH RUSH, deceased; RICHARD, DOLLY, and her son NATHAN, the property of GEORGE MERRICK;and LINNEY,
the property of JOHN SPENCER; and RICHARD and WILLIAM, the property of the estate of THOMAS PRICHARD, deceased, be liberated and set free;
Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, that the
aforesaid AUSTIN CURTIS by and under the name of AUSTIN CURTIS JONES; and the aforesaid GRACE, RICHARD, HARRIOT, SAMUEL, REBECCA and ELIZABETH, by and
under the names of GRACE DAVIS, RICHARD DAVIS, HARRIOT DAVIS, SAMUEL DAVIS, REBECCA DAVIS and ELIZABETH DAVIS; and the aforesaid ABSALOM SPICER and
RACHEL SPICER, by and under the names of ABSALOM SPICER and RACHEL SPICER; and the aforesaid, RICHARD, DOLLY, and NATHAN by and under the names of
RICHARD GREEN, DOLLY GREEN and NATHAN GREEN and aforesaid LINNEY, under the name of LINNEY CHARLTON; and RICHARD and WILLIAM above mentioned, under the
name of RICHARD PRICHARD MORRIS, and WILLIAM PRICHARD MORRIS, shall be, and they, and each and every of them, are hereby declared to be free, by and
under the names aforesaid; and they, and each and every of them, shall from henceforward enjoy the protection of the laws and the benefits of the
constitution of this state, in the same manner as others of their colour who were born free. Provided, nevertheless, that nothing herein contained shall
be construed so as to affect the title or claim of any person or any person or persons, other than the persons named in this act.