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)
B PeterMN/A
Q JackMN/A
C PeterMN/A
C JackMN/A
C LideFN/A
L JimM15

NameDate BornParent
Jim28 May 1787Ester
Eggy12 August 1789Ester
Robin3 June 1795Ester
Tom18 June 1800Ester
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
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  (



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

HOWARD, Sallie – (d. 1890)

DIED – At her home in this town on Thursday morning last, July 31st, after a short but painful illness, Mrs. Sallie HOWARD, nee PEARCE.

The deceased was the daughter of Capt. D. PEARCE, deceased, and was a native of this county. She was married on the 16th of Oct. 1889 to Mr. Charles T. HOWARD, of Norfolk, Va., who after marriage located here, where the nine months of their wedded life passed happily. The deceased was a devoted christian, a member of Grace Episcopal church, an obedient daughter and a loving and devoted wife.

While it may seem hard that two lives so young an full of promise, that have been linked together in the holy bonds of matrimony, should so soon be separated forever, yet God in his infinite mercy saw fit to take the one and leave the other.

Our heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved husband and relatives.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 8 August 1890, page 2. Available online at

LEGGETT, Alfred – (d. 1890)

DIED — At his home, corner Main and Monroe streets, Monday night at about 11 o’clock, Mr. Alfred LEGGETT, in the 66th year of his age.

The deceased leaves a wife and several children to mourn his loss.  The remains were interred in the Baptist church-yard on Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock, Rev. J.F. TUTTLE officiating.  Our sympathies are extended to the bereaved.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 8 August 1890, page 2. Available online at

GAYLORD, John (Mrs.) – (d. 1890)

Extracted from the Roper Letter column (dated August 5, 1890):

Mrs. John GAYLORD, who has been a great sufferer for several months, departed this life on Saturday last, and her remains were interred in St. Luke’s cemetery yesterday morning.  We extend to the bereaved family our deepest sympathies in their loss.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 8 August 1890, page 3. Available online at

Creswell Academy Notice of Incorporation (1889)

The following Notice of Incorporation for Creswell Academy appeared in the August 16, 1899 issue of the Roanoke Beacon.  The individuals incorporating were A.G. WALKER, Alfred ALEXANDER, William H. HARDISON, James L. HASSELL, Johnson W. SPRUILL, Julius L. HOWELL, W.J. MERCER, D. SPRUILL, and Mathias OWENS.  The Incorporation notice is signed by T.J. MARRINER.


ARMISTEAD, Robert – (d. 1890)

DIED — At Plymouth, on the 7th inst., Mr. Robert ARMISTEAD, a respectable merchant of that place.


Source: Raleigh Register and North Carolina Weekly Advertiser, 11 November 1806

Marriage: WHITE, Warren and LONG, Lizzie (1890)

MARRIED – At the residence of Mr. J.W. BLOUNT near Mackey’s Ferry, yesterday afternoon at 3:15 o’clock, Mr. Warren W. WHITE of this place to Miss Lizzie LONG, of Mackey’s Ferry.  Rev. C.W. ROBINSON performed the ceremony in his usual solemn but grand style.  Immediately after the marriage the happy couple left for this town where they arrived at the groom’s residence on Jefferson street at 5 o’clock and were welcomed by a few invited guests.

The Beacon extends hearty congratulations to the happy couple.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 21 February 1890. Available online at

DAVENPORT, Snowden – (d. 1890)

At his home on Long Ridge of pneumonia, Monday, March 17, 1890, Mr. Snowden DAVENPORT, age 65 years.  The deceased leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss.  From his earliest days Mr. DAVENPORT has been a member of the Baptist church and has lived the life of a devoted Christian and we are sure our loss is his eternal gain.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 21 March 1890, pg 3. Available online at

HOWELL, Julius L. – (d. 1890)

IN MEMORIAM –  We today find it our solemn duty to chronicle the death of another of Washington county’s most beloved and prosperous citizens.  In making his way from earth to heaven, the guardian angel that had been watching by the bedside of our dear friend for several weeks, thought proper to take with him the spirit of Mr. Julius L. HOWELL, on the 28th of March, leaving his lifeless body surrounded by kind and loving friends.

The deceased leaves a wife and one child and a host of friends to mourn his untimely departure, but we find sweet relief in knowing that, though he has been taken from us, yet, our loss is his eternal gain.  We mingle our sorrows with those of his many friends, and to his bereaved family we extend our most heartfelt sympathies.  As a husband, he was kind, loving and true; as a father he was affectionate and forgiving; as a friend (ah, who knows better what the word friend here means than the writer) he was kind, generous and as true to those he called friends, as steel.  We have only known the deceased fro six years, but in that time, though short it may seem, he has proved to be to us a friend, and had he been nearer to us, we could not have taken the sad news of his death more at heart. In his death we may truly say we lose one of our staunchest friend. He has not only been such a valuable friend to us personally but no firmer friend could the Beacon boast than “X.Y.Z,” which was none other than this noble man of whom we write, he was ever found ready to help make the paper an honor to his county, for which we will ever remember him kindly.

The deceased was 44 years of age, had long been a member of the Methodist Protestant Church, to which he was devoted and the rules of which he love as only Christians can.

Mr. HOWELL was last year elected to the office of Mayor of Creswell, which office he has filled with credit: he was also a member of the Board of Education of the county and he always seemed to take much interest in the educational advancement of our people.  His every effort in public as well as private life seemed to be for the betterment of his fellow man.

This good man from us is gone forever, his lifeless remains have been laid within the tomb and covered by the cold sod, there to remain until the Great Day, all that is left of this noble character is memory.  His earthly career has ended, his suffering are all over and he is now with the angels in that high home prepared for the righteous.  And, as Christ came and “hath abolished death,” we will think of him in the inspired language and say: “He is not death but sleepeth.”

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 4 April 1890, pg 3. Available online at