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Contributed by Deloris Williams

( From “Colonial Records of North Carolina”, North Carolina State Archives, Miscellaneous Records in the Office of Secretary of State- transcribed from 2 different copies of the same document, by Deloris Williams).

Through the years of early Colonialism in North Carolina, a number of laws were passed in regards to the taxation of Free People of Color, whether they were Black, Negro, Mulatto, Mustee or even Native American Indian who lived in the State. Granville County was the home of many of these early settlers who are recorded in the very early records as being part of the community, and indeed did intermarry within the local population of frontiersmen and settlers. With these new laws came new burdens on the families who not only had to pay taxes for the males in their households, but also for all of the females of color in their home over the age of twelve, a very heavy burden indeed when one realizes that these were very large families. One of the petitions filed in protest of this was in 1771 by a group of Granville County residents who, at first glance may seem to have been just interested citizens in support of their neighbors, but for those who have researched the names or surnames on this petition, it becomes clearer that while some of the names themselves were indeed white settlers, many of these were probably some of the earliest ancestors of those who later became known as being Free People of Color. Of special note, by the way, while there is only one name on the petition which was clearly indicated to have been “Negro”, extant tax & Court records of the time identify quite a few others on the list also as being Negro, Mulatto or People of Color.

To the Honble. The Speaker and Gentn. Of the house of Assembly

The Petition of the Inhabitants of Granville County Humbly Showeth that by the Act of Assembly Concerning Tythables it is among other things enacted that all free Negroes & Mulato Women and all wives of free Negroes & mulatoes are Declared Tythables & Chargeable for Defraying the Public County & Parish Leveys of this Province which Your Petitioners Humbly Conceive is highly Derogatory of the Rights of Freeborn Subjects Your Petitioners therefore Pray that An Act may pass Exempting Such free negroes & mulatoe women and all wives other than Slaves of free negroes & mulatoes from being listed as Tythables & from paying any Public County or Parish Levys and Your Petitioners shall ever pray &c.


David Howard

 Benjamin Bass

 Thos Owen

John Knott

 Lewis Anderson

 James Hester

James Langston

 Edward Bass

 Nathan Sanders

Thos. Philpot

 David Michell (negro)

 John Wilkerson

John Williams T.R.

 Rubin Bass

 James Nowil

Richd Person

 Lawrance Pettiford

 Thomas Head

Francis Howard

 William Chavis

 John Head

John Smith

 Samuel Huckabay

 Martha Knight

Charles More

 Lewis Collins

 Nathan Chiles

Christopher Hunt

 Thomas Butler

 Benjamin Hendricks

William Washington

 John Gwin

 Willis Roberts

James Caudill

 George Whitlock

 James Williamson

Isom Caudill

 Humphrey Davis

 William Hunt

Carter Hedgebeth

 Josiah Stovall

 Thos Lowe

Francis Davenport

 Ben Bearden

 Isham Johnson

Cutbird Hudson

 Lovet Gates

 Isaac White

Isaac Head

 Shadrach Roberts

 William Head

Joseph Hill

 Thomas Wellingham

 George Fagans

William Cawthon

 William Wharton

 Charles Spaulding

Wm Wallis

 John Hart

 Henry Spaulding

Jno Tudor

 John Harris

 William Mathews

Jno Badget

 Robert Downey

 James Downey

Groves Howard

 Jonathan Knight

 Richd Burton

Aqula Snelen*

 John Fullilove

 Benjamin Glaze

Gibea Chavis

 Daniel Standard

 John Davis

*Note: this was Aquilla Snelling

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