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Various records abstracted from Wilkes County Will Books Volumes 2, 3 & 4

Contributed by Deloris Williams

Records of Slaves and Free People of Color

 

Wilkes County, North Carolina
May 20, 1781

An Inventory (of the Slaves) of the Estate of JAMES ISBELL, deceased. Justly and truly given
One Negro man named ABRAHAM about 25 years old
One Negro man named BEN about 23 years old
One Negro woman named JUDY about 45 years old
One Negro woman named DOL about 28 years old
One Negro woman named HANNAH about 26 years old
One Negro girl named SILLER about 7 years old
One Negro girl about 5 years old name WINEA
One Negro child named PEG about 4 years old
One Negro child named AMY 5 months old
One Negro child named SARAH about 1 year old


FRANCIS ISBILL
LEWISTON ISBELL

Returned to June Court 1781 & Ordered to be recorded.

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DAVID WITHERSPOON to CHARLES GORDON

Bill of Sale of Slave Girl named ROSE
November Term 1794

Know all men by these presents that I DAVID WITHERSPOON of Wilkes County North Carolina for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds current money of said State to me in hand paid by CHARLES GORDON Jun'r have bargained sold and delivered & by those presents do bargain sell and deliver to said CHARLES GORDON a Negroe Girl named ROSE about fifteen years old last Christmas and the said Negroe I do warrant to be a healthy sound girl clear of bodily infirmities & do likewise hereby warrant and defend the aforesaid Negroe to him the said CHARLES GORDON his heirs &c forever clear of all incumbrances and claims of any other person or persons whatsoever in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 19th Day of August 1794.
DAVID WITHERSPOON

Signed Sealed & Delivered
in presents of

WM. LENOIR
CHA'S GORDON Jurat

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JESSE ROBINETT to CHAPMAN GORDON

Bill of Sale of Slave Girl named DILLEY
May Term 1795

Know all men by these presents that I JESSE ROBINETT of the State of North Carolina and the County of Wilkes hath this day bargained sold and delivered unto CHAPMAN GORDON of the said State & County one certain Negro girl named DILLEY about the age of twelve years old for the sum of Eighty five pounds to me in hand paid which sum I acknowledge to be fully satisfied with & do by these presents warrant and forever will defend the property of said Negro Slave named DILLEY with her furtar increase unto the said CHAPMAN GORDON his heirs and assigns for ever against me my heirs and assigns or any other person or persons whatsoever in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this first Day August one thousand seven hundred and ninety four Witness my Hand.
JESSE ROBINETT

Interlined before assing'd}
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NATH'L GORDON
SAM'L HUNTER
JNO. L. JONES
JAMES BROWN

S. N.Carolina
Wilkes County
May Term 1795

The within bill of sale was duly acknowledged in open court by said ROBINETT and ordered to be recorded.

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CHAS. GORDON CC

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DAVID WITHERSPOON to CHARLES GORDON

Bill of Sale for Slave girl named HANNAH
May Term 1795

Know all men by these presents that I DAVID WEATHERSPOON of the State of North Carolina and the County of Wilkes hath this Day bargained sold & delivered unto CHAPMAN GORDON of the said State & County one Negro wench named HANNAR [sic] about twenty three years of age and her child named STEPHEN about six or seven months of age for the sum of ninety three pounds six shillings and eight pence to me in hand paid which sum I acknowledge to be fully paid with I do by these presents warrant and for ever defend the said property of said Negro Slaves named HANNAH and STEPHEN with all their future increase unto the said CHAPMAN GORDON his heirs and assigns for ever against me the said DAVID WITHERSPOON my heirs and assigns or any other person or persons whatsoever In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh Day of May one thousand seven hundred and ninety five. Witness my hand.
D. WITHERSPOON

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WM. B. LENOIR
JAS. BUNYARD

S. N. Carolina
Wilkes County
May Term 1795

The within Bill of Sale was duly acknowledged in open Court by the said WITHERSPOON & ordered to be recorded.

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CHAS. GORDON CC

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MAGNESS TEAGUE to ISAAC ELLEDGE

Bill of Sale of Slave Girl named NANCY
August Term 1795

Know all men by these presents that I MAGNESS TEAGUE of Wilkes County and State of North Carolina Farmer for an in consideration of one hundred pounds current money of the State afs'd to him in hand paid have bargained and sould and delivered unto ISAAC ELEDGE miny of the County of Wilkes and state of North Carolina a certain Malatter gairl ten years old named NANCY which gairl is a Slave and I the sd. TEAGUE my heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns do warrant and defend the said girl to the said ISAAC ELEDGE and his heirs and assigns forever in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 5th day of August 1795.

MAGNESS TEAGUE

Signed Sealed & Delivered
In presence of us
JAMES ELLEDGE
ELIJAH ELLEDGE ("X"his mark)


State of North Carolina
Wilkes County
August Term 1795

The within Bill of Sale was duly acknowledged in Open Curt by sd. TEAGUE & ordered to be recorded.

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CHAS. GORDON CC

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Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 3, Page 18

February Term, A. D. 1812

WILLIAM FLETCHER to ARCHIBALD TOMLINSON
A Bill of Sale for Slave Girl named LUCINDA

I hereby certify that for an in consideration of the sum of two Hundred Dollars to me in hand paid by the said ARCHIBALD TOMLINSON, I have bargained & sold unto the said ARCH'D TOMLINSON his heirs & assigns forever a certain Negro girl by the name of LUCINDA & her increase forever that is, all my right & title as willed to me by JAMES FLETCHER dec'd & also I do warrant & defend the said Negro LUCINDA & her increase from me my Heirs, Executors, Administrators or Assigns or the claim of any other Person or Persons whoever as far as was Willed to me by the said JAMES FLETCHER dec'd. Given under my hand & Seal this 28th of October 1811.
WILLIAM FLETCHER

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J. WAUGH, Ju't

Duly proven by the oath of JAMES WAUGH.
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R. MARTIN, Clk.

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ARCHIBALD TOMLINSON to WILLIAM GILREATH

A Bill of Sale for Slave Girl Named LUCINDA

Know all men by these presents that I ARCHIBALD TOMLINSON of Wilkes County & State of North Carolina have bargained sold & delivered unto WILLIAM GILREATH of the County and State aforesaid a certain Negro girl named LUCINDA Sixteen years old for & in consideration of the sum of Two Hundred Dollars to me in hand paid, & do by these presents warrant & will defend the right & title of the said Slave & her increase free from any claims of me my Heirs, Executors & Administrators unto the said WILLIAM GILREATH his Heirs Executors, Administrators for ever as Witness my hand & seal this first day of January 1812.
AR. TOMLINSON
ACH'D

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WILLIAM HENDREN

Feby. Term 1812
The above Bill of Sale was duly Ack'd in Open Court by the ARCH'D TOMLINSON.

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R. MARTIN, Clk.

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WILLIAM HULME to ALFORD M. BURTON

A Bill of Sale for Slave Girl named PEGGY

Know all men by these presents that I WILLIAM HULME of the County of Wilkes & State of North Carolina have bargained, sold & delivered do by these presents Bargain sell & deliver to ALFORD M. BURTON for & in consideration of the sum of three hundred & fifty dollars lawfull money of the United States the rc't whereof is hereby acknowledged a certain Negro girl by the name of PEGGY & do hereby Warrant the said Negro Girl to be sound, likewise the property. Witness my hand & Seal 30th of April 1811.
WM. HULME

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WM. DAVENPORT Ju't


Feby. Term A.D. 1812. The above Bill of Sale was duly proven by the oath of WILLIAM DAVENPORT.
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R. MARTIN, Clk.

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JOHN FITTS to Chairman
Bond 250

We & each of us oblige ourselves, our Heirs &c to pay or cause to be paid unto WILLIAM LENOIR Esq'r, Chairman of the County Court of Wilkes & his Successors in Office the full Sum of two Hundred & Fifty Pounds current money of North Carolina.
Void on condition that JNO. FITTS Esq. shall not remove LUCY TUCKER an Orphan Girl of colour out of Wilkes County and shall deliver said Girl up to the Court when called for by Wilkes County Court. Witness our hands & Seals the 4th day of November A.D. 1811.

JOHN FITTS
TURNER SULLIVAN

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R. MARTIN, Clk.

 

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JAMES DOWNEY to SAMUEL PARKS

A Bill of Sale for Slave Woman named JOAN
February Term 1796
State of North Carolina
Wilkes County

Know all men by these presents that I JAMES DOWNEY of the County of Surry and State aforesaid hath bargained and sold and by these presents doth bargain and sell and deliver in plain and open market according to the due form of law unto SAMUEL PARKS of the said State and County of Wilks one Negro Woman named JOAN aged about sixteen or seventeen years old for the consideration of one hundred pounds to me in hand, paid the receipt whereof I do hereby freely acknowledge which said Negro I do hereby warrant and defend unto the said SAMUEL PARKS to him his heirs and assigns from one my heirs and assigns and from all other persons as witness my hand and seal this 27th day of January Anno Dom. 1796.

JAMES DOWNEY

Present
WILLIAM CARRELL Jurat
WM CARRELL
GEORGE PARKS

CHA'S GORDON C.C.
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KENETH McKENZIE to RIN COFFEY

A Bill of Sale for Slave Girl CLERESY
October Term 1796

Know all men by these presents that I KENETH McKENZY of Burk County and State of North Carolina for and in consideration of the sum of sixty two pounds ten shillings to me in hand paid by REN COFFEY of Wilkes County and State of North Carolina hath bargained sold and delivered and by these presents doth bargain sell and deliver unto him the sain RIN COFFEY a Negro girl slave Eight years old named CLERESY and do hereby warrant and forever defend the said Negro unto him the said RIN COFFEY his heirs and assigns forever from al persons or person whatever in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 8 day of April A.D. 1796.

K. McKENZIE

Signed sealed and delivered in presents of
LEWIS COFFEY
CHARLES GORDON


North Carolina
Wilkes County
October Term 1796

The within bill of sale was duly proven in open court by the oath of CHARLES GORDON and ordered to be recorded.

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ANN GREER to JOSHUA GREER

A Bill of Sale for Slave boy named CHARLES
February Term 1797

Know all men by these presents that I ANN GREER of Wilkes County and State of North Carolina for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred Spanish milled dollars to me in hand paid by JOSHUA GREEN the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge have bargained sold and delivered and by these presents do bargain sell and deliver unto the said JOSHUA GREER A Negro boy named CHARLES to have and to hold the said bargained premises unto the said JOSHUA GREER his heirs Executors, Administrators and assigns for ever. And I the said ANN GREER for myself my heirs Executors and Administrators, shall and will warrant and forever defend against all person by these presents the said bargained premises unto the said JOSHUA GREER his heirs Executors administrators and assigns. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eighth day of October 1796.

ANN GREER ("M" his mark)

Signed sealed & delivered in presents of
JOHN BROWN
BENJ'A JOHNSON

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JAMES M. LEWIS to JAMES SHEPPARD

Bill of Sale for 12 Slaves
October Term 1797
State of No. Carolina
Wilkes County

For and in the consideration of the sum of thirteen hundred pounds to me in hand paid by the said JAMES SHEPPARD the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge myself fully satisfyed. I have bargained sold and delivered unto the said SHEPPARD twelve Negroes as follows (BILL, about twenty one years old. CHARITY about twelve. BEN about seven. HANNAH about nine. SIMON about seven. MARY about twelve. AMY about thirteen. JEAN about twenty two. LUCY about two. JOB about twenty. CHANY about twenty eight. CHERRY about nine. Which Negroes I do warrant and ever defend to the said SHEPPARD his hares [sic] &c. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of October 1797.

J.M. LEWIS

Interlined in the fourth line before sined [sic]. JAMES}
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JOS. HERNDON
J. WILBORN
STEPHEN HERNDON
REUBEN CARTER


State of North Carolina
Wilkes County
October Term 1797

The due acknowledgment of the within Bill of Sale was proven in Open Court by the oath of JOSEPH HERNDON and directed to be recorded at length in the Clerks Office.
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WM. B. LENOIR CC

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THOMAS CLANTON to THOMAS COOK

A Bill of Sale for Slave Boy named CHARLES
October Term 1797

State of North Carolina
Know all men by these presents that I THOMAS CLANTON of Surry County in the State of North Carolina in consideration of the sum of ninety three pounds fifteen shillings to me in hand paid by THOMAS COOK of Wilkes County in the State aforesaid at and before the sealing of these presents the receipt was of I do hereby acknowledge, have bargained sold and released, granted and confirmed, and by these presents do bargain sell release rant and confirm unto the said THOMS COOK his heirs and assigns to have an to hold a Negro boy between nine and ten years old named CHARLES by these presents have bargained sold released granted and confirmed unto the only proper use and behoof of said THOMAS COOK his Executors, administrators and Assigns for ever and I the said THOMAS CLANTON for myself my executors and administrators do warrant and defend unto the said THOMAS COOK his Executors administrators and assigns the above mentioned Negro and against all and every other person or persons whatever shall and will warrant & forever defend by these presents in witness whereof I have set my hand and affixed my seal this 1st day of September 1797.
THOMAS CLANTON

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JOHN McCULLOCK
RICHARD COOK ("R" his mark)

North Carolina
Wilkes County
October Term 1797

The within Bill of Sale was duly proven in Open court by the oath of THOMAS COOK and ordered to be recorded.
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WM. B. LENOIR CC
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ROBERT HARRIS to WILLIAM B. LENOIR

Bill of Sale for Slaves WILSON, ISHAM & JOSHUA
January Term 1798

Know all men by these presents that I ROBERT HARRIS of Wilkes County and State of North Carolina for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars to me in hand paid by WILLIAM BALLARD LENOIR, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have bargained sold and delivered and by these presents do bargain sell and deliver unto the said WILLIAM B. LENOIR hi and assigns forever one Negro boy named WILSON about nine years old, one named ISHAM about seven years old, and one named JOSHUA about five years old. And I the said ROBERT HARRIS do hereby bind myself my heirs &c well and truly to warrant and forever defend the aforesaid Negroes WILSON, ISHAM, & JOSHUA unto him the said WILLIAM B. LENOIR his heirs and Assigns free and clear from all encumbrances and claims whatever. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 29th of January A.D. 1798.
ROBERT HARRIS

Signed, sealed and Delivered
In presents of
WM. LENOIR
ROBERT HULME
WILLIAM HUMPHREY


North Carolina
Wilkes County
January Term 1798

The within Bill of Sale was duly proven in open court by the oath of WILLIAM LENOIR in order to be recorded.

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WM. B. LENOIR CC

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ROBERT HARRIS to WILLIAM B. LENOIR

Bill of Sale for  Slaves BETTY, MILLEY, & NANCEY

January Term 1798

Know all men by these presents that I ROBERT HARRIS of Wilkes County and Starte of North Carolina for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and eighty dollars to me in hand paid by WILLIAM B LENOIR the County and State aforesaid (the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged) hath bargained s old and delivered and by thes presents do bargain sell and deliver unto the the said WILLIAM B. LENIOIR his heirs or assigns one Negro woman named BETTY about forty two years old, one Negro girl named MILLEY about twelve years old, and one named NANCEY about three years old. And I the said ROBERT HARRIS do hereby bind myself my heirs &c well and truly to warrant and forever defend unto the said WILLIAM B. LENOIR his heirs or assigns the said Negroes BETTY, MILLEY, and NANCEY, free and clear from all encumbrances and claims whatever. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 29th January A.D. 1798.

ROBERT HARRIS

Signed, sealed and Delivered
In presence of
WM. LENOIR
ROBERT HULME
WILLIAM HUMPHREY


North Carolina
Wilkes County
January Term 1798

The within Bill of Sale was duly proven in open court by the oath of WILLIAM LENOIR Esq'r in order to be recorded.
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WM. BL LENOIR CC

 
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Slave Security Bond

 

May Term 1797
JOHN LITTEN JONES to RICHARD OWENS Bond

Security of Eight hundred and Sixty six pounds, ten shillings current money of North Carolina as a bond for Slaves named DUNDEE, about 45 years old; CLOE about 35 years old; NARO age, 25 years; ISAAC, age 22; CATE, 18 years old; JINNIE, 15 years old; DUNK, age 16; SAM, age 13 , VOLUNTINE, age 10; LINCOLN, age 4; HANNAH, age 2; SILVEY, age 5; SALLY, age 3, JIM, age 3 weeks old.
January 7, 1796.
JNO L. JONES

Witnesses:
WM JOHNSON
JNO. DOBSON


Also:
Credit issued by Cash of 40 Dollars. Signed by RICHARD OWENS
I assign the within bond to Capt. JESSE ROBINETT and Capt. DAVID WITHERSPOON for value rec'd this 24th day March 1797.
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JOS. HERNDON
SAMUEL HUNTER
 
 

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