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Black Craftsmen in North Carolina
(Complete Names)

 

HURDLE, Levi. A mulatto, aged nine, was apprenticed as a wheelwright to William JONES of Rowan County in 1812. He was the son of Patsy HURDLE and was probably a free person. (Craig, p. 178) 

INNIS, Thomas A free black, aged eight, was apprenticed as a cabinetmaker to Lewis UTZMAN of Rowan County in 1816. (Craig, p. 186) 

JACOBS, James. A free black orphan, was apprenticed as a carpenter to Solanon Waddell NASH of New Hanover County in 1828. (Craig, p. 355) 

JAMES, Joshua. A free black, aged sixteen, was apprenticed as a carpenter to Solomon NASH of New Hanover County in 1838. (Craig, p. 3) 

JAMES, Isaac. A mulatto, was apprenticed as a cabinetmaker and joiner to William ROMEBAUGH of Chowan County in 1793. (Craig, p. 149) 

JENKINS, Philip R. Aged fourteen, was apprenticed as a carpenter to John MacDONALD of Cumberland in 1833. (Craig, p. 361) 

JOHNSON, Henry. A free black aged five, and the son of Samuel JOHNSON, was apprenticed as a carpenter to Daniel PAUL of Beaufort County in 1827. (Craig, p. 354) 

JOHNSON, John. A free black, aged fifteen, and the son of Samuel JOHNSON, was apprenticed as a carpenter to Daniel PAUL of Beaufort County in 1827. (Craig, p. 354) 

JOHNSON, Lewis. A free black, aqed fifteen, and the son of Samuel JOHNSON was apprenticed as a carpenter to Joseph CORDING of Beaufort County in 1827. (Craig, p. 354) 

JOHNSION, Bill. A free black, aged fifteen, was apprenticed as a cabinetmaker to John S. CLEMENTS of Craven County in 1817. (Craig, p. 190) 

JONES, Allen. A free black blacksmith, who lived in Raleigh in 1842. He offended some white men, who forceably removed him from his house and seriously injured him. The 1830 Census lists JONES as owning six slaves. (Boykin, p. 14; Woodson, p. 26) 

JONES, James. A free black orphan, was apprenticed as a house carpenter to John E. PATTERSON of Cumberland County in 1840. (Craig, p. 368) 

JONES, Jery. A twelve year old mulatto, was apprenticed as a house carpenter to Anderson MATTHEWS of Lincoln County in 1821. (Craig, p. 347) 

JONES, John. A free black orphan, was apprenticed as a painter to William R. MINOR of Bertie County in 1822 

JONES, John. A free black, aged thirteen, was apprenticed as a carpenter to John COPELAND of Wake County in 1838. (Craig, p. 366) 

JONES, Samuel. Formerly bound to Jordan HILL, Samuel was apprenticed as a carpenter to Arthur FOX of Franklin County in 1808. (Craig, p. 324)

KEASE, Southey. A free black in Beaufort County who agreed to teach the free son of Lovey MOORE the trade of caulker. (Johnson, p. 244) 

KENT, Samuel. A free black who was apprenticed as a carpenter to Samuel LENNY of Rowan County in 1824. (Craig, p. 349) 

KENT, William. A free black who was apprenticed as a house carpenter to Samuel LEMLY of Rowan County in 1819. (Craig, p. 344) 

KAYES, George. A free black, aged twelve, who was apprenticed as a ship's carpenter to William B. NEMAN of Beaufort County in 1812. (Craig, p. 261) 

KEYS, John. A free black, aged fourteen, who was apprenticed as a wheelwright to Henry MoCCAL of Beaufort County in 1814. (Craig, p. 181) 

KING, Solomon. Aged eight, he was apprenticed as a house carpenter to Thanas KING of Duplin County in 1808. (Craig, p. 324) 

LARINGTON, Simon. A free black, aged sixteen, who was apprenticed as a carpenter to James SAMPSON of New Hanover County in 1838. (Craig, p. 366) 

LEAKY, Matthew. Born about 1802 in Sampson County, he was a free black saddler and harness maker who lived in Fayetteville. ("The Black Presence in North Carolina" Exhibit in the North Carolina History Museum, August 1979 in Raleigh) 

LEWIS, James. A free black, aged two, who was apprenticed as a ship carpenter to Gideon SPARROW of Craven County in 1804. (Craig, p. 258) 

LEWIS, Sal. A free black, aged five, who was apprenticed as a ship carpenter to Gideon SPARROW of Craven County in 1804. (Craig, p. 258) 

LEWIS, Stephen. A free black who was apprenticed as a turner to William CARTER of Craven County in 1787 (Craig, p.145) carpenter to Anderson

LLOYD, Goldsmith. A free mulatto, aged seventeen, who was apprenticed as a house carpenter to Rigdon M. GREEN of Chowan County in 1827. GREEN was also a free black. (Craig, p. 353) 

LONG, Tom. A free black, aged sixteen, who was apprenticed as a carpenter to John DEWEY of Craven County in 1817. (Craig, p. 341) 

LUTEN, David. A free black, aged sixteen, who was apprenticed as a carpenter to John POPELSTON of Craven County in 1837. (Craig, p. 365) 

LUTTS, Wilson. The mulatto son of Fanny LUTTS, who was apprenticed at age four as a house carpenter to Jonathan CAMP of Currituck County in 1805. (Craig, p. 320) 

McALPIN, Andrew. A free black, aged ten, who was apprenticed as a cabinetmaker to Leroy SECCEST of Mecklenburg County in 1821. (Craig, p. 200) 

McALPIN, Jim. Aged twelve, be was apprenticed as a carpenter to James HOUSTON of Mecklenburg County in 1821. Since the date of apprenticeship coincides with that of the other McALPINs, Jim was probably their brother and also free. (Craig, p. 347) 

McALPIN, Marshall. A free black, aged three, who was apprenticed as a cabinetmaker to Leroy SECREST of Mecklenburg County in 1821. (Craig. p. 200) 

MANOR, Stephen. A black born 19 October 1812, who was apprenticed as a carpenter to David TERRY of Cumberland County in 1824. (Craig, p. 350) 

MARTIN, Charles. A blacksmith who ran away from William SCOTT, a Raleigh blacksmith, in May 1812. He was captured in Hillsborough but escaped in irons fran a boat at Elizabethtown . He could read and write and claimed to be free. (Wilmington Gazette. 12 May 1812 & 25 August 1812) 

Source Document: North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal
Black Craftsmen in North Carolina by Gale Farlow

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