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List of Lake Phelps Company Slaves (1803)

On November 25, 1784, Josiah Collins, Samuel Dickinson, and Nathaniel Allen, purchased land “surrounding and bordering upon” Lake Phelps. This partnership was known as the Lake Company and they renamed the land they bought to Somerset Place.  By 1865, Somerset Place was the largest plantation in the state of North Carolina and more than 850 enslaved lived and worked there. Learn more on the “Today in NC History” blog.

Linda Haas Davenport published a book of Washington County Deed Abstracts and agreed to share this 1803 listing of Lake Phelps Company slaves. This is item 232 in Linda’s book, dated 10 Nov 1803, is the list of slaves belonging to “Mess’r Collins, Allen & Dickenson,” and is signed by Tho’s Trotter.

There are two lists below: the first list includes men, women, and children and the second list includes birth dates of children along with the name of their parent.

NameGenderAge (if available)
LankMN/A
JupeterMN/A
B PeterMN/A
CuffMN/A
B JimMN/A
Q JackMN/A
QuaminyMN/A
StephenMN/A
VirgilMN/A
AlfredMN/A
MossesMN/A
GeorgeMN/A
NobolMN/A
BenMN/A
LamtMN/A
ToffMN/A
MitchMN/A
JericoMN/A
DickMN/A
FrenchmanMN/A
SamMN/A
C PeterMN/A
CagMN/A
SandyMN/A
C JackMN/A
LetticeFN/A
DunkeyFN/A
RatchelFN/A
C LideFN/A
SuckFN/A
RoseFN/A
BridgetFN/A
DaphneyFN/A
BettFN/A
SalleyFN/A
FanneyFN/A
KiddyFN/A
GraceFN/A
EasterFN/A
LucyFN/A
G LidFN/A
C NanFN/A
JinneyFN/A
BirdFN/A
HagerFN/A
SilviaFN/A
G NanFN/A
PhebeFN/A
PhillisFN/A
PegFN/A
HarryM18
DunbarM17
L JimM15
SamM14
TedM14
WillM13
KingM14
DoolieM10
GeorgeM10
AdamM10
NancyF16
AnnisF16
HannahF14
EggyF14
SeillaF14
JudeF14
EveF13
EveF13
CharityF14

NameDate BornParent
Jim28 May 1787Ester
Eggy12 August 1789Ester
Robin3 June 1795Ester
Tom18 June 1800Ester
Annie1786Littice
Charity18 March 1790Littice
Davie3 November 1793Littice
Jude6 October 1789Dunkey
Jullo6 October 1789Dunkey
King3 October 1788Hager
Dunbar1785C Nan
Fred14 December 1789C Nan
George10 January 1794C Nan
Sam20 August 1788Grace
Hannah9 July 1787Sally
Bett20 November 1797Sally
Murriah1 June 1800Sally
Nicea10 June 1803Sally
Will8 May 1790Fanney
Plato3 February 1793Fanney
Doll3 March 1794Fanney
York30 April 1800Fanney
Lovy15 May 1802Fanney
Eve5 October 1790Bell
Toymer23 August 1793Bell
Solomon2 November 1795Bell
Mosses12 October 1802Bell
Cloe2 May 1794Kiddy
Paldore7 August 1797Kiddy
Philladelphia3 November 1799Kiddy
Lewis4 July 1792Kiddy
Adam3 September 1793Dapheney
Lottuce30 November 1796Dapheney
Patience10 November 1800Dapheney
London12 January 1801G--yd
John1 November 1795Suck
Poll20 September 1798Suck
Scheina22 January 1801Suck
Rose15 August 1803Suck
Joe26 September 1797C Lid
Jean18 January 1793Lucy
Abigal6 May 1796Lucy
Ned6 January 1802Lucy
Ede20 May 1803Silvia
Harry1786N/A
Nancy1788N/A
Jere16 September 1791N/A


Source: Davenport, Linda Haas; Washington County, North Carolina: Abstracts Deed Books A-B-C (1799-1814), Self published, 2008; item 232, Deed Book B, p.175  (http://www.lhaasdav.com/buyitnowwash.html)

 

 

DAVIS, Peter – (d. 1890)

A Boy Lost — On Monday evening a report was circulated that Peter DAVIS, a colored boy, was missing.  Search was made throughout the town, but his whereabouts could not be learned.  On Tuesday morning the little five year-old son of Jos. MITCHELL told that he and the missing boy were at play near the river on Monday and that the boy DAVIS fell in the river, and then led the anxious parents to the point where he said DAVIS fell in.  At this point was found the boy’s had, but no other evidence of his being drowned.  A party went out in boats and dragged the river for the body, but as yet it has not been found. 

The accident should be a reminder to parents both white and back, that the banks of the river is no place to allow their children to play .

LATER — The boy was found in the river on Wednesday evening, half a mile below where he fell in.


Source: Roanoke Beacon, 15 August 1890, page 3. Available online at DigitalNC.org.