February Term 1847-Administrations
Administration upon Estate of Solomon HAWKINS granted to Isham MATTHEWS Jr.,
bond One Thousand Dollars [$1000] with Benj. JOHNSTON and J.[or I] C.
Court Docket- February 1847
#28- Fanny HAWKINS to the Court prayer granted, commissioner appointed,
order iss’d to com’ers.
Court Docket -May Term 1847
#45 – Fanny HAWKINS to the Court, Report returned and confirmed
judgment vs administrator for cash.
August Court 1847 - Apprenticeships
Ordered by the Court that Lucy HARRIS a free girl of colour be bound to
Stephen BURROWS The said Stephen BURROWS comes into Court and enters into
bond with W.B. POWELL and J.J. ANDERSON, securities.
Ordered by the Court that Saphronia SCOTT a coloured girl be bound to
Matthew WELDON, Mary SCOTT the mother of the said Saphronia assenting
thereto and that he enter into bond with security as required by law,
whereupon the said Matthew entered into bond with satisfactory security Bond
iss’d – filed.
Ordered by the Court that Nicholas a coloured boy child of Lucy JONES be
bound unto Arther PENDER he giving bond with security whereupon the said
Arthur entered into bond with and filed security Bond iss’d and filed.
February Court Docket 1848
It is ordered by the Court –
#34 Fanny HAWKINS – allowed to get her dower portion of Estate.
Court Minutes Docket, May 1848
Ordered by the Court that the children of Ann PETERS viz Jas PETERS
Isham PETERS and two other children of the said Ann PETERS whose names are
unknown be brought to the next Term of this Court and that the Sheriff be
directed to procure their attendance. Also that notice issued to the said
Ann PETERS to appear at the said next Term of this Court to show cause why
her children aforesaid should not be bound out.
Ordered that the following Free Persons of colour have license to carry and
use a shotgun for twelve months next ensuing viz:
August Court Docket 1848
Ordered by the Court that the following Free Persons of Colour be granted
license to carry a shotgun for twelve months next ensuing, viz:
Richard CONN [CORN?]
November Court Docket 1848 - Apprenticeship
Ann DANIEL a Free girl of Colour, orphan child of Mary DANIEL and a bastard
of the age of 11 years on the 1st day of October 1848 is bound to Daniel G.
BRIGGS as an apprentice to be brought up and learn the calling of a
housemaid spinster and the said D.G. BRIGGS enter into bond with Edie
MOORCOCK[?] as security.
February Court Docket 1849
Ordered by the Court that the Sheriff bring Henry PETTIFORD son of Lovy
PETTIFORD before the Justices of our next Court of Please and Quarter
Sessions to be dealt with or bound out as the Court may deem proper.
Following free children of Colour be bound to F. A.(?) SMITH upon his
entering into bond and security until they arrive at twenty one years of
James GAFFIN born 15th December 1830, Mary GAFFIN born 12th day of December
1832, William GAFFIN born 29th October 1834, Margaret GAFFIN, born 28th
April 1839, Elizabeth GAFFIN born 10th September 1845.
May Court Docket 1849 – Apprenticeships
Ordered by the Court that Hezekiah SCOTT a Free child of colour be bound out
to Lazarus POPE a free man of colour to learn the art trade and mystery of a
blacksmith upon his giving bond with good security.
Ordered by the Court that Thos SAUNDERS a free boy of colour be bound to
Chas. N. WEBB until the age of 21 years to learn the art and calling of a
farmer now aged 15 years.
August Court Docket 1849 – Apprenticeships
Ordered by the Court that Blake UNDERDUE a free boy of colour be bound out
as an apprentice to John H. PANTON [PONTON?] until he arrives at the age of
twenty one years being now thirteen years of age and the said John came into
Court and entered into bond with security according to law.
Ordered by the Court that Thos UNDERDUE a free boy of colour aged fourteen
be bound out as an apprentice to Charles FERRALL until he arrives to twenty
one years and the sd Charles FERRALL came into Court and entered into bond
with security according to law.
September Court Minutes 1849 – Apprenticeships
Ordered by the Court that Parthena DENNY aged 10 years, Henry DENNY age 3
years in July 1849 and Wilson DENNY aged one year, be bound as apprentices
to Joshua HEPINSTALL to learn the art and calling of spinsters and farmer
and the said J.J. HEPINSTALL enters into bond according to law in such cases
Ordered by the Court that Wright DENNY aged eight years August 1849 and
Dempsey DENNY aged five years in November 1849 be bound as apprentices to
Lewis HALE to learn the art and calling of farmer and the said Lewis HALE
enters into bond according to law in such cases provided.
November Court Docket 1849
Ordered by the Court that Wm. W. ARRINGTON, administrator of Albert
ARRINGTON have leave to sell Negro woman Penny to pay debts of said Estate
Ordered by the Court that the Double Tax of Jesse RICHARDSON, Gid
RICHARDSON, Asa and Rebecca RICHARDSON be remitted so far as relates to the
County Taxes and that the Collector H. A. SLEDGE be allowed an order for
three dollars and 3 cents amount of their Double Equity Tax.
Ordered by the Court that Thos DINNY[?] be bound as an apprentice to Lewis
HALE to learn the art and calling of a farmer The said Thomas being now
twelve years of age.
Deeds proved in Court-
Kinchen TONEY to WM. H. WESSON.
February Court –Minute Docket 1850
Ordered by the Court that the Sheriff bring into Court at the next May Term
Lewis PETERS, Joseph PETERS, Isham PETERS, children of Ann PETERS to be
bound out or dealt with as the Court may direct.
May Court 1850 - Apprenticeships
It is ordered that Martha Cary LOCKE aged eight years the 19th April last
and Rich’d Bennett LOCKE aged 6 years the 23rd day of April last children of
Emily LOCKE dec’d be bound apprentices to Thos H. LOCKE.
The said Martha to learn the trade of a spinster and the said Rich’d the
trade of a farmer.
It is also ordered that the money due on the order of filiation
heretofore made for the maintenance (nurturing) of the said Martha and
Rich’d be paid to the same Thos. H. LOCKE.
Ordered that Joseph VALENTINE a free boy of colour, son of Daniel VALENTINE,
aged twelve years, be bound to Joseph GREEN until he arrives at the age of
21 years upon the said GREEN entering into bond with A.W. SIMMONS his
August Court 1850 – Apprenticeships
Ordered by the Court that Sam’l JONES son of _____JONES 7 years last April
be bound out to Arthur McDANIEL to be brought up in the occupation of a
farmer and the said A. McDANIEL enters into bond with S. WHITAKER as surety
which is filed.
Ordered by the Court that Celia NEWSOM child of Frances NEWSOM aged 3 years
this 27th September next be bound to Thos. R. NEVILLE to be brought up in
the occupation of a spinster and the said Thos. R. NEVILLE enters into bond
with Jas. M. BATCHELOR and J. N. FAULCON as sureties.
Deeds Exhibited for August 1850:
From: Thos. P. MATTHEWS To: Hardy RICHARDSON
Stephen MARSHALL Hardy RICHARDSON
February Court 1851 – Apprenticeships
Ordered by the Court that Saffrony SCOTT a free child of colour now twelve
years old be bound as an apprentice to Wm. B. POWELL upon his giving bond
with Wm. DOYLE and Hezekiah EVANS as securities.
Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions- February 1851
#1 – State vs Burton SCOTT
Jury sworn and empanelled to wit Wm. E. AARON, Jas ETHERGAIN, Wm.
GRAMMER[?] Asa JOLLIFF, Willis. R. JOHNSON, William SYKES, David ISLES, M.
H. DAY, Joseph EDSON, John HAWKINS, John HOCKADAY, and Jas. V. ALLEN, who
find the defendant guilty. Judgment of the Court that the defendant be fined
$15 and be sold for the payment of the fine.
#2- State vs Jas SCOTT
Jury sworn and same as in No. 1 who finds a special verdict and prays the
advice of the Court thereupon and if the Court shall be of opinion that upon
the provision of the said special finding that the said SCOTT is guilty,
then they the jurors find him guilty. But if the Court shall be of a
contrary opinion then they the jurors find him not guilty, therefore the
Court decides that the defendant is not guilty.
August Court 1851 - Apprenticeship
Ordered by the Court that Andrew SCOTT son of Mary SCOTT a free boy of
colour be bound as an apprentice to A. N. RUSSEL now seventeen years of age
to learn the profession of a blacksmith.
Order by the Court that the Sheriff bring Antoinette SMITH a free girl of
colour next term of this Court to be dealt with as the Court may direct (now
living with[?] Mrs. Ann WEBB).
Deeds Exhibited and Acknowledged:
Benj. W. EDWARDS to Kinchen TONEY Jr.
August Court Docket 1851 –
#24 - State vs Polly PETERS and others
Penelope PETERS child of Anna PETERS her mother is brought into Court and
the Court directs that the said child remain with and in possession of her
mother and the case is therefore Dismissed.
Ordered by the Court that the Sheriff bring into Court tomorrow Lewis and
Randall WILKINS children of Mary WILKINS (Tuesday of Court this Order is
November Court 1851 - Apprenticeships
Ordered by the Court that Angelina SMITH a Free girl of colour aged 14 years
be bound as an apprentice to Mrs. Ann E. WEBB to learn the art and calling
of a spinster.
Court Docket – November 1851
#26 –State vs Antoinette SMITH
The Deft. Is brought into Court and on motion the Court orders that she be
bound to Mrs. Ann WEBB who enters into Bond with security.
The case is Dismissed.
February Court 1852- Administrations
Upon motion it is ordered by the Court that Administration upon the estate
of Kinchen TONEY be granted to Michael VINCENT who comes into Court and
enters into bond of Two hundred Dollars with B. W. EDWARDS and Jas. H.
WALKER as sureties and is duly qualified.
A paper writing purporting to be the last will & testament of Rebecca MILLS
was exhibited in open Court and the execution thereof duly and fully proved
by the oath of ?J.H.W.? PRITCHETT one of the subscribing witnesses thereto
the same having been suby proved in part by the oath of Peter PRITCHETT the
other subscribing witness at August Court 1849 and then recorded.
February Court 1852-Apprenticeships
Ordered by the Court that Lewis WILKINS aged nine years and Randall WILKINS
aged four years be bound as apprentices to James W. FAUCETT to learn the art
of farming and sureties said James W. FAUCETT enters into bond such
according to Act of open citizens was made provided.
May Court 1852 - Court Docket
#14 – State vs Ambrose HAWKINS
Defendant submit judgment of the Court that the Deft. Be fined at a cost.
#26 – Jno. McAULIFF - Exparte - Halifax County - To wit County
Court May Session 1852
To the Worshipful the Justices of the Court of Pleas and Quarter
Sessions 1852 Sessions for the County of Halifax. The petition of John P.
McAULIFFE being now of the age of thirty three years showeth unto your
Worships that your Petitioner was born in the City of Cork, Ireland and
emigrated to the United States of America in the month of June in the year
of Our Lord Eighteen hundred Forty making first the City of New York on the
?Jewel? ship Yazoo Trask Master and came to the State of North Carolina in
the year of Our Lord Eighteen hundred and Forty two where he has ever since
resided Your Petitioner shows that he now intends & has heretofore intended
to make the United States his
permanent place of residence and wishes to become a citizen thereof, as well
as a citizen of North Carolina and to renounce and he does renounce all
allegiance to all princes potentates & foreign states and more especially to
Her Majesty Victoria Queen of Great Britain and Ireland- Inasmuch therefore
as your Petitioner John is advised that his wishes in this respect can not
be carried into effect without the aid of this Court. He prays your Worships
that he may now be allowed to take the Oath of Allegiance to the State of
North Carolina and that your worships will allow him all means through this
of Intention to become a Citizen of the United States and to grant all such
other & further relief which his case shall require and as in duty bound he
Jno. McAULIFFE maketh oath that the facts stated in this petition is true to
the best of his knowledge.
Witness W. W. DANIEL CCt.
And now at this Court in this petition of Jno. McAULIFFE the Court being
satisfied of the facts in the petition stated by the oath of the petitioner
and it being made appear here that the said John P. is of good moral
character and hath heretofore demeaneth himself well towards our
constitutions, the said John P. in Court here, takes the Oath of Allegiance
to the State of North Carolina and the Court directs that his petition &
this order be spread upon the Minutes of this Court that further proceedings
may be had thereon for full citizenship of the
United States at the expiration of two years from this Court.
August Court 1852 – Apprenticeships
Ordered by the Court that Stephen LANGFORD a free boy of colour be bound as
an apprentice to Richd H. CARTER & the said CARTER enters into bond with W.
W. CARTER as security The said Stephen being fourteen years of age.
Ordered by the Court that a boy named Henry PITT who from the
representation to this Court is believed to be free now confined in the
public jail of Northampton committed to the Keeper of said jail by the
proper authority from the County of Halifax be discharged from imprisonment
in said jail and that the jailer in said County no longer hold the said
Henry PITT in his custody.
Ordered by the Court that Ambrose HAWKINS and David REYNOLDS have license to
carry a shot gun for twelve months next ensuing to protect & guard their
February Court 1853 – Apprenticeships
It is ordered by the Court that Sandford ASH a free boy of colour be bound
as an apprentice to Jas. V. ALLEN on the said James entering into bond as
required by law, the said boy to be bound out as of the age of fifteen years
in June 1853 and the said ALLEN enters into bond as required – the said boy
is bound accordingly.
It is ordered by the Court that Daniel BRIGGS to whom a free Negro girl
named Ann DANIEL was heretofore bound as an apprentice have consent to have
said girl bound to him in the said County of Wake to which County the said
BRIGGS has removed and by consent of this Court carried the said girl about
twelve months ago.
May Court 1853 – Apprenticeships
John MAGEE aged 13 years, Jesse MAGEE, aged 11 years, Margaret MAGEE, aged
nine years 5 months, Rebecca MAGEE aged eight years free children of colour
is ordered by the Court to be bound to _____________upon his entering into
[note: above is correct, there was a line where indicated, with no name for
whom the children were being bound to]
Laura Ann MANLY and William Henry MANLY children of Sarah MANLY, Laura aged
six years, 22nd June next & William Henry aged four years 4th day of May
ensuing is ordered by the Court to be bound to William BRANCH and the said
BRANCH thereupon comes into Court and enters into bond with satisfactory
Junius Amas JONES aged four years 6th August next son of Susan JONES is
ordered by the Court to be bound to Joseph PORTER and the said PORTER enters
into bond with a McDANIEL as surety which is received and approved by the
May Court 1853- Administrations
Ordered by the Court that Benj. W. EDWARDS be appointed Administrator de
bonno non of Kinchen TONEY decd and the said B.W. EDWARDS enters into bond
of Two hundred dollars with B??? JENKINS <next phrase illegible> JENKINS as
securities which is accepted by the Court and he is duly qualified to
<phrase illegible/faded> for administration.
[Note: the phrase probably should have been “de bonis non”, meaning "of the
goods not administered"; the distribution of property not completed by the
August Court 1853 –Court Docket
#22- State vs Nancy CARTER & Nancy BOWSER
Defendants plead Not Guilty, Jury sworn & empanelled, to wit same as No. 15
except Wm. DRAPER & Isaac GLASGOW in place of H. B. WHITMAN & A. P.? EDMUND
who find both the defendants guilty. Judgment of the Court that the
defendant Nancy CARTER be fined five dollars and the defendant Nancy BOWSER
be fined twenty five dollars & upon failure to pay the five that they be
sold for payment of the same.
November Court – 1853- Apprenticeships and Administrations
Ordered by the Court that George WILKINS son of Jane WILKINS a free child of
colour now six years of age be bound to James H. OVERSTREET and the said
James H. OVERSTREET executed his bond accordingly with Wm. E. LANE as
Ordered by the Court that Benj. W. EDWARDS be appointed administrator of the
estate of John TONEY & the said Benj. W. EDWARDS enters into bond of one
hundred dollars with Thos P. DEVEREUX & Wm. S. JENKINS as sureties and is
Ordered by the Court that Leah SILVER a free child of colour now four years
of age be bound as an apprentice to Alfred COOK to learn the calling of a
spinster upon his entering into bond & the said Alfred executes his bond
accordingly with sureties.
Ordered by the Court that Richard WILKINS a free boy of colour now sixteen
years of age be bound as an apprentice to Eldridge THROWER and the said
THROWER enters into bond according to law with John H. CARLISLE as surety.
November Court -1853 – Report from Surveyors of Halifax & Edgecombe Counties
In pursuance of directions from the respective Courts of Halifax and
Edgecombe Counties empowering us the undersigned commissioners viz
Lemuel L. SAVAGE & Samuel HYMAN on the part of Halifax County & Lewis E.
PENDER & Redding S. PETWAY on the part of Edgecombe to run and mark the
dividing line that separates the two Counties have proceeded to execute the
said commission in the following manner – beginning at a large pine the
corner of Martin County at or near the head of the Indian Branch and on the
south side of the head or percoson thereof.
Then down the meanders of said branch to Deep Creek, then up the
various courses of said creek to the mouth of Marsh Swamp south eighty eight
degrees west eight hundred pole to a sycamore on Fishing Creek below BIGGS
old mill site.
Given under our hands & seals this the 24th day of September A.D. 1853
Lemuel L. SAVAGE
R. S. PETWAY
L. E. PENDER
November Court 1853
Rept returned & confirmed.
R. B. PIERCE Special Justice
November Court 1853 – Report from Surveyors of Halifax & Martin
Counties In pursuance of directions from the respective Courts of Halifax &
Martin Counties empowering us the undersigned commissioners (viz)
Lemuel SAVAGE & Samuel HYMAN on the part of Halifax and Archibald H.
COFFIELD W. R. SHERROD & William R HEGMAN on the part of Martin to run &
mark the dividing line that separates the two Counties, have proceeded to
execute the said commission in the following manner
Beginning at the mouth of Kehukee Creek on the Roanoke River a little above
HILLS Ferry then running south forty and one half degrees west two thousand
one hundred & sixteen pole to a large pine at or near the head of Indian
Given under our hands & seals this the 21st day of September A.D. 1853
Lemuel L. SAVAGE
Wm. R. HYMAN
November Court 1853
Report returned & confirmed.
Rice B. PIERCE Special Justice
November Court 1853 – Minute Docket
#11 - State vs John MILLS, Jas. MILLS, & Robt RICHARDSON
#12 – State vs John MILLS, Jas MILLS, & Robt RICHARDSON
#19 – State vs Littleton RICHARDSON (Issue ?alias? to Halifax)
February Court 1854 – Minute Court Docket
#8 – State vs Daniel SCOTT
Jury empanelled to wit Benj JOHNSTON, Jno. H. ANTHONY, Richd CARPENTER,
Patrick McDANIEL, John H? BUMPASS, Washington MABRY, Jesse CARTER, Henry
PITTMAN, John E. PITTMAN, Rufus KING, David ISLES, W. W. CARTER, who find
the defendant guilty judgment of the Court, that the deft. Be fined Eighteen
dollars and that he be sold immediately for the payment of the said fine
#18 – State vs Daniel SCOTT, Jas. OVERSTREET - Dismissed upon payment of
#21 – State vs Burton SCOTT - Dismissed
February 1854 – Apprenticeships
Matthew JONES & Dempsey JONES twin brothers about the age of nineteen years
six months and free negroes lately bound as apprentices to Willis WEBB dec’d
are now ordered by the Court to be bound to Richd. H. WEBB to be employed in
the occupation of farming who enters into bond with Thomas FERRALL for
Ordered by the Court that Rebecca JONES a Free Negro girl of colour be bound
as an apprentice to J.C. WEEKS to learn the art and calling of spinster the
said girl being ten years of age in December 1853 & the said WEEKS enters
into bond according to law ?????? [remainder of phrase too faint to read]
May Court 1854 – Court Minute Docket
#17 – State vs Mary WILKINS – Jury of same as in No. 3 who find the
defendant guilty. Judgment of the Court that the deft. Be fined Thirty eight
dollars and that she be sold to pay the fine between the hours of 12 and 2
o’clock this day.
#18 – State vs Mary WILKINS - Dismissed
August Court 1854 – Apprenticeships
Ordered by the Court that John Thomas COUSINS child of Rebecca COUSINS aged
ten ?? years be bound as an apprentice to Wm. H. BRYANT upon his executing
bond with ?????[name blurred] assurety and the said Wm. H. BRYANT executed
his bond accordingly.
August Court 1854 – Deeds recorded
Thos. P. WHITAKER to Richd. HEDGEBETH
August 1854 – Court Minute Docket
#11 – State vs John & James MILLS, Robert RICHARDSON
?Cls? cases to issue to Franklin [County] for John & Jim MILLS and to
Halifax & Warren [Counties] for Robert RICHARDSON.
#12 – State vs John & James MILLS, Robt RICHARDSON
?Als? cases issd to Halifax & Warren [Counties] for all the defendants
#15 - State vs Littleton RICHARDSON
Cases issd to Warren & Halifax [Counties]
#17 – G .V. HARDIN Admr. of Elijah SCOTT vs James S. COLEMAN
Judgment of the Justices affirmed for the sum of Twenty six dollars interest
from 18 day of November 1845 cost judgment of the Court that the land levied
on be condemned to satisfy the Plaintiffs demand and that an order of sale
issd to sell the land.
November Court 1854 – Minute Docket
#11 – State vs John MILLS, Jas MILLS & Robt RICHARDSON
Defendant John MILLS & James MILLS is recognized in the sum of One hundred
dollars cash with Eliza [Elija?] MILLS as surety in the sum of one hundred
for the appearance of the said John MILLS & in the like sum of One hundred
dollars for the appearance of James MILLS at the next Term of Halifax County
Court to be held on the third Monday of February next Issue also case for
#12 – State vs John MILLS, Jas MILLS & Robt RICHARDSON
Same Entries as No 11
#15 – State vs Littleton RICHARDSON - Issue alias
#33 – State vs Elizabeth MILLS - Dismissed