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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

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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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