HYDE COUNTY COHABITATION RECORDS - 1866
Source: NC State Archives, Mars ID 253.6.2
Extracted and kindly submitted by Sandy Carawan

The abolition of slavery raised the question of the freedmen's marriages. In 1866 the General Assembly passed "An Act Concerning Negroes and Persons of Color or of Mixed Blood." Those persons who wished to register their pre-emancipation marriages were required to appear before the clerk of the county court or a justice of the peace to acknowledge their marital status. These acknowledgments were to be recorded and regarded as proof that a marriage had, indeed, existed.

Bound volumes bearing such titles as Negro Cohabitation Certificates, Record of Marriage and Cohabitation, or Record of Marriages by Freedmen may be found in offices of registers of deeds or in the State Archives; some few may be in the offices of clerks of Superior Courts. The surviving records do not represent all slave marriages by any means.

Cohabitation records contain the statements required by the above-mentioned law; most were entered before 1 September 1866, the end of the period legally set aside for the purpose. The data in these bound volumes and associated loose papers are not always entered in marriage registers. It is not uncommon to find that a slave couple had lived together for many years, indicating a family stability that has yet to be evaluated properly in studies of slavery in North Carolina.
(Source: North Carolina Research--Second Edition; Published 1996 by the North Carolina Genealogical Society and edited by Helen F.M. Leary; Chapter 10; pg. 161.)

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Simon BURRUS and Arcada MANN
Cohabited since 1851
Allen BURRUS was former master of Simon; Thomas MANN was former master of Arcada


Adam SELBY and Jenny JARVIS
Cohabited for 18 years
J.R. SELBY was former master of Adam; Decatur W. JARVIS was former master of Jenny


Anson FORTESCUE and Rachael WILKINSON
Cohabited for 12 years
Lewis P. FORTESCUE was former master of Anson; Marvell WILKINSON was former master of Rachael


Denson CREDLE and Carissa BOOMER
Cohabited for 19 years
William M. CREDLE was former master of Denson; William H. BOOMER was former master of Carissa


Essex SPENCER and Rushy SPENCER
Cohabited for 15 years
Jones SPENCER was former master of Essex and Rushy


Amos DAVIS and Elizabeth BURGESS
Cohabited for 18 years
M. B. DAVIS was former master of Amos; Francis M. BURGESS was former master of Elizabeth


Jack NORTHAN and Caroline SLADE
Cohabited for 3 years
Solomon NORTHAN was former master of Jack; C. E. SLADE was former master of Caroline


Alfred CARTER and Bettie WAHAB
Cohabited for 7 years
Stephen D. CARTER was former master of Alfred; Job Wahab was former master of Bettie


Clint HOWARD and Celia Frances HOWARD
Cohabited for 24 years
Cornelius HOWARD was former master of Clint and Celia Frances


Benjamin CREDLE and Julia MOORE
Cohabited for 9 years
Tilson CREDLE was former master of Benjamin; Roger W. MOORE was former master of Julia


Ormon SIMPSON and Lizie ELLIOTT
Cohabited for 2 years
Elijah SIMPSON was former master of Ormon; Robert S. ELLIOTT was former master of Lizie


James HARNY and Louis ODEN
Cohabited for 2 years
Micajah T. HARNY was former master of James; Hymon ODEN was former master of Louis


York RUSSELL and Diannah FORTESCUE
Cohabited for 2 years
David P. RUSSEL was former master of York; Lewis FORTESCUE was former master of Diannah


Martin MOORE and Rose SPENCER
Cohabited for 25 years
Samuel and D. P. MOORE were former masters of Martin; William W. SPENCER was former master of Rose


Samuel SILVERTHORN and Rhody FORTESCUE
Cohabited for 7 years
Jordan SILVERTHORN was former master of Samuel; A. E. FORTESCUE was former master of Rhody


York WATSON and Emma BELL
Cohabited for 6 years
H. H. WATSON was former master of York; heirs of Z. A. G. BELL were former masters of Emma


Greene MOORE and Joanna HODGES
Cohabited for 3 years
Dixon B. MOORE was former master of Greene; George W. HODGES was former master of Joanna


Daniel CREDLE and Reany RUSSELL
Cohabited for 6 years
Wilson CREDLE was former master of Daniel; David P. RUSSELL was former master of Reany


Hosey CREDLE and Patience O'NEAL
Cohabited for 7 years
Wilson CREDLE was former master of Hosey; Ephraim O'NEAL was former master of Patience


Samuel SMITH and Hannah SMITH
Cohabited for 15 years
Asa S. SMITH was former master of Samuel; William J. SMITH was former master of Hannah


Brian ELLIS and Susan SNELL
Cohabited for 7 years
Ellis BAILEY was former master of Brian ELLIS; H. L. SNELL was former master of Susan


Richard SPENCER and Atheline CREDLE
Cohabited for 7 years
Jones SPENCER was former master of Richard; William M. CREDLE was former master of Atheline


George SAUNDERSON and Violet SAUNDERSON
Cohabitation began 1858


Graham SPENCER and Elizabeth SAUNDERSON
Cohabitation began 1857


Graham SPENCER and Mary Ann SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1839


Aron GIBBS and Rhody MANN
Cohabited since April, 1865


Jack COX and Ann SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1858


Joshua MIDYETT and Chasey MIDYETT
Cohabitation began 1858


James GIBBS and Sarah GRIST
Cohabitation began 1862


Ebin MIDYETT and Violet MIDYETT
Cohabitation began 1818


Samuel SPENCER and Ann SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1833


Robert GIBBS and Matilda FULFORD
Cohabitation began 1859


Monday MIDYETT and Fanny YOUNG
Cohabitation began 1820


Stanley GIBBS and Clarisa SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1860


Israel SPENCER and Frances Ann MOORE
Cohabitation began 1851


Sam Barbee SPENCER and Sally Ann SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1841


Jack SPENCER and Jane SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1858


Bartlet SADLER and Cloe Ann GIBBS
Cohabitation began 1832


Anson GIBBS and Luezan BARROW
Cohabitation began 1864


Samuel FARROW and Linda SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1845


Robert SADLER and Lucinda FULFORD
Cohabitation began 1830


Charles GIBBS and Sabra BURRUS
Cohabitation began 1854


Kelly GIBBS and Matilda GIBBS
Cohabitation began 1851


Caleb GIBBS and Nancy SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1859


George BELL and Jane CARTER
Cohabitation began 1862


John GIBBS and Susan GIBBS
Cohabitation began 1858


Moses GIBBS and Sarah GIBBS
Cohabitation began 1821


John ADAMS and Jane ADAMS
Cohabitation began 1850


Benjamin ADAMS and Alice SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1842


Seth BALLANCE and Hanah SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1859


Mayor (?) YOUNG and Fanney SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1863


Solomon SPENCER and Caroline SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1847


Louis SADLER and Rebecca SAUNDERSON
Cohabitation began 1863


Benjamin DONNELL and Lueza LONG
Cohabitation began 1852


Charles SPENCER and Ann GIBBS
Cohabitation began 1859


Clarke SPENCER and Sallie SELBY
Cohabitation began 1825


James Batton GIBBS and Hannah SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1825


Burrage SAUNDERSON and Ann SAUNDERSON
Cohabitation began 1860


Edward STANLEY and Lucinda HOWARD
Cohabitation began 1855


Enoch SPENCER and Alice SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1861


Moses SPENCER and Jane CREDLE
Cohabitation began 1852


Anson SWINDELL and Sally Ann JONES
Cohabitation began 1864


George FULFORD and Gracy SWINDELL
Cohabitation began 1864


Charles SWINDELL and Elenor GIBBS
Cohabitation began 1859


Samuel MANN and Vicey Ann NORTHAN
Cohabitation began 1853


Richard JENNETT and Betsy GIBBS
Cohabitation began 1840


Allen SPENCER and Esther SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1863


Alexander GIBBS and Harriet SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1863


Parker GIBBS and Sarah Jane BALLANCE
Cohabitation began 1860


Jesse GIBBS and Louisa GIBBS
Cohabitation began 1842


Lawrence MOORE and Sylvia MOORE
Cohabitation began 1863


Edward GIBBS and Sarah Jane SWINDELL
Cohabitation began 1862


David BECKWITH and Fanny GIBBS
Cohabitation began 1851


Simon HARDY and Emeline SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1864


Jacob PATTERSON and Prudy HUDSON
Cohabitation began 1865


Adam HOMES and Ormijienda REED
Cohabitation began 1865


Sylvester ENSLEY and Silvey ADAMS
Cohabitation began 1856


John GIBBS and Fanny SWINDELL
Cohabitation began 1816


Lewis BALLANCE and Fanny LINTON
Cohabitation began 1863


Donam GIBBS and Ann SWINDELL
Cohabitation began 1833


Samuel GIBBS and Hetty SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1857


David MUNDY and Eliza McCLOUD
Cohabitation began 1841


Richard BOOMER and Emeline SWINDELL
Cohabitation began 1863


Mathias McCLOUD and Nancy McCLOUD
Cohabitation began 1859


Ananias ADAMS and Mary ENSLEY
Cohabitation began 1854


Burrus DONNELL and Margarett DONNELL
Cohabitation began 1856


Henderson GIBBS and Caroline SWINDELL
Cohabitation began 1852


George GASKINs and Rittey Ann CREDLE
Cohabitation began 1846


Evins SAUNDERSON and Mary Frances GIBBS
Cohabitation began 1861


Samuel SAUNDERSON and Judah FARROW
Cohabitation began 1826


Benjamin PUGH and Nancy McCLOUD
Cohabitation began 1863


Arnold GIBBS and Alice MANN
Cohabitation began 1836


Caswell SELBY and Florence SELBY
Cohabitation began 1863


Jacob SWINDELL and Ellen ROPER
Cohabitation began 1861


Robert COX and Mahalla COX
Cohabitation began 1851


Samuel SPENCER and Susan Ann GIBBS
Cohabitation began 1864


Samuel LUPTON and Mahala NEAL
Cohabitation began 1856


Samuel GIBBS and Rosetta SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1858


Eli SAUNDERSON and Dorcas SAUNDERSON
Cohabitation began 1856


Stuart SAUNDERSON and Cordelia SAUNDERSON
Cohabitation began 1845


Nathan SAUNDERSON and Eliza SWINDELL
Cohabitation began 1855


George SAUNDERSON and Sally Ann SAUNDERSON
Cohabitation began 1845


Riley SAUNDERSON and Edney GIBBS
Cohabitation began 1845


Thomas MANN and Mehetabil GIBBS
Cohabitated since May 1865
Joseph MANN was the former master of Thomas MANN; Will B. GIBBS was former master of Mahetabil GIBBS


William BURRUS and Harriet SIMMONS
Cohabitation began 1863


William BURRUS and Edney SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1836
Allen BURRUS was former master of William BURRUS; W. W. SPENCER was former master of Edney SPENCER


Toney CARTER and Jane CARTER
Cohabitation began 1846
D. CARTER was former master of both persons


Martin CARTER and Barbary CARTER
Cohabitation began 1823
D. CARTER was former master of both persons


Wells SIMMONS and Lucinda SIMMONS
Cohabitation began 1847
D. D. SIMMONS was former master of both persons


Robert BONNER and Feeney MANN
Cohabitation began 1833
Heirs of R. J. Bonner were former master of Robert BONNER; E. S. MANN was former master of Feeney MANN


Charles MANN and Mary Ann SWINDELL
Cohabitation began 1861


Reuben SAUNDERSON and Amanda SAUNDERSON
Cohabitation began 1855
E. H. SAUNDERSON was former master of both persons


Merick SADLER and Eliza SADLER
Cohabitation began 1842
William SADLER was former master of both persons


Hastey SPENCER and Bridgett GIBBS
Cohabitation began 1857
W. W. SPENCER was former master of Hastey SPENCER; Seth GIBBS was former master of Bridgett GIBBS


Henry SAUNDERSON and Harriet BALLANCE
Cohabitation began 1860


Riley WESTON and Sarah WESTON
Cohabitation began 1846


Robert BAUM and Caroline MURRAY
Cohabitation began 1862
Thomas BAUM was former master of Robert BAUM; W. D. MURRAY was former master of Caroline MURRAY


Caswell MANN and Mosella MANN
Cohabitation began 1843
Samuel M. MANN was former master of both persons


Jack DONNELL and Mary DOUGLAS
Cohabitation began 1851


Jack BENSON and Patience BENSON
Cohabitation began 1817
John BENSON was former master of both persons


Elijah BROOKS and Nancy SWINDELL
Cohabitation began 1863


Quash SIMMONS and Lucretia ENSLEY
Cohabitation began 1846
P. H. SIMMONS was former master of Quash SIMMONS; Benners ENSLEY was former master of Lucretia ENSLEY


Willis LONG and Nicy ENSLEY
Cohabitation began 1844
S. A. LONG was former master of Willis LONG; B. A. ENSLEY was former master of Nicy ENSLEY


Samuel CREDLE and Thaney MANN
Cohabitation began 1847
George L. CREDLE was former master of Samuel CREDLE; Thomas MANN was former master of Thaney MANN


Richard BUCKLEY and Jane WINDLEY
Cohabitation began 1860
Buckley and Richard WINDLEY were former masters of both persons


Jackson JONES and Mary SWINDELL
Cohabitation began 1854


Thomas BROOKS and Mary BROOKS
Cohabitation began 1847


James MANN and Nancy DONNELL
Cohabitation began 1863


Jack GIBBS and Lear MIDYETT
Cohabitation began 1841


Benjamin MURRAY and Ann MIDYETT
Cohabitation began 1850


Jacob MANN and Hanah ROPER
Cohabitation began 1844


Emanuel MANN and Harriet GIBBS
Cohabitation began 1863


David MIDYETT and Cealy YOUNG
Cohabitation began 1846
Little Samuel MIDYETT was former master of David MIDYETT; Edward J. YOUNG was former master of Cealy YOUNG


James MANN and Violett Ann MANN
Cohabitation began 1850


James TOPPING and Elizabeth MURRAY
Cohabitation began 1863


George FISHER and Sarah Jane WESTON
Cohabitation began 1863


Riley ROPER and Susan Jane ROSE
Cohabitation began 1860
Benjamin B. ROPER was former master of Riley ROPER; Jephatha ROSE was former master of Susan Jane ROSE


James JONES and Fanny JONES
Cohabitation began 1853


Anthoney TOPPING and Levinia DONNELL
Cohabitation began 1841
Samuel TOPPING was former master of Anthoney TOPPING; John R. DONNELL was former master of Levinia DONNELL


Redding TOPPING and Ann JONES
Cohabitation began 1854
Samuel TOPPING was former master of Redding TOPPING; Edward JONES was former master of Ann JONES


Thomas DONNELL and Rosanah MANN
Cohabitation began 1863
John R. DONNELL was former master of Thomas DONNELL; Samuel M. MANN was former master of Rosanah MANN


Jack MONK and Ann MONK
Cohabitation began 1846


Wiley JENKINS and Hillet GARRETT
Cohabitation began 1846


Juleas LONG and Ann MIDYETT
Cohabitation began 1841


Edward CREDLE and Martha Ann CREDLE
Cohabitation began 1849


Charles LONG and Lydia LONG
Cohabitation began 1863
S. A. LONG was former master of both persons


Frank TOPPING and Phillis TOPPING
Cohabitation began 1856
Samuel TOPPING was former master of both persons


David CREDLE and Caroline CREDLE
Cohabitation began 1843
Will CREDLE was former master of David CREDLE; Benjamin CREDLE was former master of Caroline CREDLE


Dublin DAVIS and Ellin SMITH
Cohabitation began 1862
Will DAVIS was former master of Dublin DAVIS; Margaret SMITH was former mistress of Ellin


Light SMITH and Fena COX
Cohabitation began 1854
W. J. SMITH was former master of Light; W. J. COX was former master of Fena


Abram CREDLE and Rosetta TOOLEY
Cohabitation began 1857
Wilson CREDLE was former master of Abram; Calvin TOOLEY was former master of Rosetta


Jacob JARVIS and Margaret SMITH
Cohabitation began 1859
Sally JARVIS was former mistress of Jacob; Asa J. SMITH was former master of Margaret


Sylvester O'NEAL and Cordelia CREDLE
Cohabitation began 1850
Oliver O'NEAL was former master of Sylvester O'NEAL; George V. CREDLE was former master of Cordelia


Ormond SWINDELL and Sally Ann CREDLE
Cohabitation began 1852
George W. SWINDELL was former master of Ormond; George L. CREDLE was former master of Sally Ann


James CREDLE and Bridget CREDLE
Cohabitation began 1858
Thomas F. CREDLE was former master of James; John CREDLE was former master of Bridget


David SWINDELL and Arvaney O'NEAL
Cohabitation began 1860
Heirs of W. G. SWINDELL were former masters of David; heirs of D. P. O'NEAL were former masters of Arvaney


Wallace MIDYETT and Lucy IVES
Cohabitation began 1846
John MIDYETT was former master of Wallace; Frances IVES was former mistress of Lucy


Aaron SWINDELL and Mary Ann DUFFY
Cohabited since August 1, 1864
Marcus SWINDELL, deceased, was former master of Aaron; Dr. Walter DUFFY was former master of Mary Ann


Charles DONNELL and Mariah DONNELL
Cohabitation began 1846
John R. DONNELL, deceased, was former master of both persons


David DONNELL and Amy DONNELL
Cohabitation began 1860
John R. DONNELL, deceased, was former master of both persons


Sampson SMALLWOOD and Caroline SMALLWOOD
Cohabitation began 1844
Samuel SMALLWOOD was former master of both persons


Wesley O'NEAL and Emily WATSON
Period of cohabitation not shown
Oliver O'NEAL was former master of Wesley; William WATSON was former master of Emily


John HOSKINS and Swena HOSKINS
Cohabitation since 1856
Baker HOSKINS of Chowan County was former master of both persons


David SIMMONS and Caroline JONES
Cohabitation began 1857
James H. SIMMONS was former master of David; Alexander M. JONES was former master of Caroline


Edward CREDLE and Martha Ann CREDLE
Cohabitation began 1850
Henry W. CREDLE was former master of Edward; Thomas F. CREDLE was former master of Martha Ann


Charles MANN and Margaret Ann SWINDELL
Cohabitation began 1861
Joseph MANN was former master of Charles; Joseph SWINDELL was former master of Margaret Ann


Major TUNNELL and Elizabeth MANN
Cohabited since March 17, 1863
Joseph TUNNELL was former master of Major; Joseph MANN was former master of Elizabeth


Jubin CARTER and Judity BURRUS
Cohabitation began 1840
David CARTER was former master of Jubin; Allen BURRUS was former master of Judith


Sylvester SAUNDERSON and Mary WILLIAMS
Cohabitation began 1862
E. H. SAUNDERSON was former master of Sylvester; Thomas WILLIAMS of Martin County was former master of Mary


Charles MANN and Anmariah BURRUS
Cohabitation began 1849
John M. MANN was former master of Charles; Allen BURRUS was former master of Anmariah


Simon BURRUS and Arcada MANN
Cohabitation began 1851
Allen BURRUS was former master of Simon; Thomas MANN was former master of Arcada


Benjamin SIMMONS and Hetty SIMMONS
Cohabitation began 1853
D. D. SIMMONS was former master of both persons


Henry BALLANCE and Betsy SELBY
Cohabitation began 1836
Thomas BALLANCE was former master of Henry; Huson SELBY was former master of Betsy


John SIMMONS and Diana SIMMONS
Cohabitation began 1852
D. D. SIMMONS was former master of both persons


Anthoney HOLDEN and Chaney CREDLE
Cohabitation began 1863
W. W. HOLDEN was former master of Anthoney; George L. CREDLE was former master of Chaney


Samuel ADAMS and Mary DOSIER
Cohabitation began 1862
James ADAMS was former master of Samuel; Jane Dosier of Pasquotank County was former mistress of Mary


David MIDYETT and Sabra MIDYETT
Cohabitation began 1849
Little Samuel MIDYETT was former master of David; Benjamin MIDYETT was former master of Sabra


Seth SIMMONS and Hetty SIMMONS
Cohabitation began 1846
D. D. SIMMONS was former master of both persons


John JENNETT and Jenesha SPENCER
Cohabitation began 1859
Henry JENNETT was former master of John; Samuel Spencer, deceased, was former master of Jenesha


Garrison HUDSON and Jane HUDSON
Cohabitation began 1847


Sutton SPENCER and Jenny SPENCER
Cohabited since October 1821
Jones SPENCER was former master of both persons


Samuel O'NEAL and Luezer FORTESCUE
Cohabited for 2 years
D. P. O'NEAL was former master of Samuel; E. A. FORTESCUE was former master of Luiezer


Henry FORTESCUE and Harriet SELBY
Cohabited for 11 years
E. A. FORTESCUE was former master of Henry; J. R. SELBY was former master of Harriet


Samuel HILL and Caroline BANGER
Cohabited for 3 years
James HILL of Murfreesboro was former master of Samuel; Sebaston BANGER of New Bern was former master of Caroline


Eli CREDLE and Louis FORTESCUE
Cohabited for 1 year, 5 months
Daniel G. CREDLE was former master of Eli; John E. FORTESCUE was former master of Louis


James BELL and Caroline BELL
Cohabited for 7 years
Durant M. BELL was former master of James; Matthias BELL was former master of Caroline


Labin BELL and Silvey MOORE
Cohabited since December 1856
Z. A. G. BELL was former master of Labin; Nancy T. Moore was former mistress of Silvey


Elijah SMITH and Teney COX
Cohabited for 12 years
William J. SMITH was former master of Elijah; William J. COX was former master of Teney


Wiley HODGES and Harriet HODGES
Cohabited since May 1859
Joseph B. HODGES was former master of both persons


Riley MOORE and Marina HODGES
Cohabited since February 1865
Nancy T. MOORE was former mistress of Riley; Joseph B. HODGES was former master of Marina


Abraham CREDLE and Rosetta TOOLEY
Cohabited since November 1857
Wilson CREDLE was former master of Abraham; John C. TOOLEY was former master of Rosetta


Jeremiah BLOUNT and Sarah SMITH
Cohabited since March 1865
Francis BLOUNT was former master of Jeremiah; Asa J. SMITH was former master of Sarah


Luke SMITH and Delia Ann SMITH
Cohabited since September 1819
William J. SMITH was former master of both persons


Parker O'NEAL and Hetty O'NEAL
Cohabitation began 1841
Ephraim O'NEAL was former master of Parker; D. P. O'NEAL was former master of Hetty


Fenner DAVIS and Eliza O'NEAL
Cohabited for 7 years
David S. DAVIS was former master of Fenner; D. P. O'NEAL was former master of Eliza


Elijah GRAY and Bridgett CREDLE
Cohabited for 22 years
Daniel G. CREDLE was former master of both persons


William CLARK and Patience CLARK
Cohabitation began 1842
Caleb F. CLARK was former master of both persons


Solomon SPENCER and Mary JENNETT
Cohabitation began 1864
W. W. SPENCER was former master of Solomon SPENCER; Henry JENNETT was former master of Mary JENNETT


Benjamin GRIFFIN and Nancy CLARK
Cohabitation began 1864
Jesse GRIFFIN was former master of Benjamin GRIFFIN; Sally A. CLARK was former mistress of Nancy CLARK

 

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