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African Americans in Early Court Abstracts-Part 2

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

Slave Inventories and Slave Bills of Sales

 
Wilkes County, North Carolina
May Term 1812

Division of the Slaves of the Estate of JESSE HAYS deceased
State of North Carolina Wilkes County
Pursuant to an order of the Worshipfull County Court of Wilkes County, We the under written Jurors appointed to divide the Personal estate of JESSE HAYS dec'd amongst his Representatives & Heirs have divided & appropriated Negro Slaves of the said Estate as follows...To wit
To the widow ANN HAYS, we have alloted the Negroes NOAH, RACHEL & BINE at the valuation of Nine Hundred Dollars
And ROBERT HAYS, we have allotted the Negroes CHARLES & TOM at the valuation of Five Hundred and Sixty Dollars.
To REUBEN HAYS, we have allotted the Negro JACK at the valuation of Four Hundred Dollars.
To WILLIAM HAYS, we have allotted the Negroes LITTLE NOAH and WINNEY at the valuation of Three Hundred and Sixty Dollars.
To JOSEPH HAYS, we have allotted the Negro JERRY at the valuation of Three Hundred and Fifty Dollars.
And to NANCY HAYS, we have allotted the Negroes JUDA & JEM at the valuation of Four Hundred and forty five Dollars.
And in order to render these several & respective shares of equal value, we do award the Widow ANN HAYS pay to JOSEPH HAYS the sum of One Hundred & fifty two Dollars & Fifty cents.
To WILLIAM HAYS the sum of One Hundred & forty two Dollars & fifty cents. To NANCY HAYS Fifty seven Dollars & fifty cents. And to REUBEN HAYS, Forty five Dollars. And that ROBERT HAYS pay to REUBEN HAYS the sum of Fifty seven Dollars & fifty cents. All which we do award as the Division & distribution of the Negroe Estate of the said JESSE HAYS dec'd. Given under our hands & seals this 1st day of May A.D. 1812.
   
M. STOKES
JOHN CARLTON
JOSEPH ELLEDGE
WM. MILLER
RICHARD HOOD
WM. BROWN
WM. TRIBLE
THO'S CARLTON
WM. PETTY
THOMAS TRIPLET
BENJ. HUBBARD
JAS. BROWN
 
 
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SOLOMON PATRICK to ALEXANDER BROWN

Bill of Sale for 3 Slaves, FANNY, GRACE & VENUS
November Term 1812

Know all men by these presents that SOLOMON PATRICK of the County of Craven & State of North Carolina for & in consideration of the sum of Seven Hundred & fifty dollars to me in hand paid by MR. ALEXANDER BROWN of the County of Wilkes & State of North Carolina before the sealing & delivering of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have bargained sold & delivered & by these presents I do bargain, sell & deliver unto the said ALEXANDER BROWN three Negroes to wit, FANNY a girl about Twenty years of age which I warrant to be with child at this time, & a Negro woman by the name of GRACE & her child by the name of VENUS, which I warrant to be sound & sensible at this time, to have and to hold the said Negroes above mentioned to the said ALEXR. BROWN his heirs Executors administrators & assigns forever & I the said SOLOMON PATRICK for myself my heirs Executors && administrators do hereby covenant to & with the said ALEXR. BROWN his heirs Executors administrators & assigns the said Negroes above mentioned for ever to warrant secure & defend against myself my heirs Executors Administrators & assigns & against the lawfull claim & claims of all and every Person or Persons whatsoever. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 18th day of Jan'y 1810.

SOLOMON PATRICK

Signed, Sealed in Presents of us
REUBEN T. JONES
HUGH BROWN

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JOSEPH YOUNGER to M. THURMOND

Bill of Sale for 2 Slaves, RACHEL & MAT
February Term 1813

Know all men by these presents that I JOSEPH YOUNGER of the State of North Carolina & Wilkes County have this day Bargained sold & delivered unto MEREDITH THURMOND of the County & State aforesaid two Negroes a Girl named RACHEL about Sixteen years of age and a Boy named MAT about nine years of age for the sum of five Hundred dollars to me in hand paid by the said MEREDITH THURMOND the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge myself fully satisfied and paid for the said bargained property which I bind myself Executors, administrators heirs & assigns firmly by these presents to warrant and forever defend the said two Negroes from the lawful claim or claims of all manner of Persons whatsoever unto the said MEREDITH THURMOND his heirs Executors, Administrators & assigns forever. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 14th day of Jany 1813.

JOSEPH YOUNGER ("X" his mark)

Witness
RICHARD DOWELL
AMBROSE JOHNSON

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JOSEPH YOUNGER to PETER DOWELL

Deed of Gift of One Slave, MARY
February Term 1813

To all People whom these presents shall come, I JOSEPH YOUNGER of the State of North Carolina and Wilkes County send greeting. Know ye that I the said JOSEPH YOUNGER for & in consideration of the natural love & affection which I have & bear unto my son in law PETER DOWELL of the State aforesaid & for divers other good causes & considerations ma__ Hereunto moving have given & granted & by these presents give & grant unto the said PETER DOWELL a Negro Girl of mine named MARY to have, hold & enjoy the said Negro Girl MARY aforesaid unto the said PETER DOWELL his Executors, Administrators & Assigns to the only proper use & behoof of him the said PETER DOWELL his Executors, Administrators & Assigns forever & I the said JOSEPH YOUNGER all & singular the aforesaid Negroe to the said PETER DOWELL his Executors, Administrators & Assigns against all persons whatsoever shall & will warrant & forever defend by these presents, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 14th day of Jany 1813.

JOSEPH YOUNGER ("X" his mark)

Signed, Sealed & Delivered in the Presents of
M. THURMOND
AMBROSE JOHNSON
RICHARD DOWELL

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Following are filed in Surry County, concerning the Slaves of  Wilkes County residents, CHANG & ENG BUNKER, the original Siamese Twins

 
Bill of sale for 2 Slaves of CHANG & ENG BUNKER

Know all men by these presents that I THOMAS F. PRATHER of the county of Surry and the State of North Carolina have this day bargained and sold and by these presents do bargain and sell unto CHANG and ENG BUNKER of the County of Wilkes and State of N. Carolina two Negro girls To Wit, MARY, aged 7 1/2 years and NICEY aged 5 1/2 years for the sum of Four hundred and fifty dollars in hand paid by the said CHANG & ENG BUNKER to the said THOS. F. PRATHER the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged the title of said Negroes I hereby bind myself and my heirs and assigns to warrant and defend to the said CHANG & ENG BUNKER their heirs and assigns forever. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 29th day of September A.D. 1845. The above Negroes I warrant sound and healthy.
THOS. F. PRATHER (Seal).

Test.
GEO. W. BROWN
A. DUNNAGAN

Surry County Court February Term 1846.
The executor of the within Bill of sale was duly proven in open court by the oath of GEORGE W. BROWN, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be registered.
F. K. ARMSTRONG, clk.
By H. C. HAMPTON, DC.

Surry County, Registered in Registers office, Book No. 4, page 305.
A DUNNAGAN P Regr.

THOMAS F. PRATHER
to
ENG and CHANG BUNKER

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Bill of sale for 10 Slaves of CHANG & ENG BUNKER

Whereas a copartnership has heretofore existed between ENG and CHANG BUNKER in the following negro slaves To wit;
1. BERNY a Man aged about 60 years
2. LEAN a Girl aged about 30 years
3. DANIEL Boy aged about 17 years
4. NISE a Girl aged about 16 years
5. SHERMAN a Boy aged about 12 years
6. MOSES a Boy aged about 12 years
7. PATIA a Girl aged 10 years
8. PERRY a Boy aged about 9 years
9. ALLEN or CRECY a Girl aged about 8 years
10. CAROLINE a Girl aged about 6 years.

And whereas it is mutually agreed by and between both parties that the said CHANG BUNKER is to have the full and entire interest in said Negro slaves. This indenture therefore witneseth that the said ENG BUNKER for and in consideration of the sum of One Dollar to have in hand paid by the said CHANG BUNKER the receipt whereof is hereby fully acknowledged hath sold and delivered to the said CHANG BUNKER and his heirs and assigns forever the undersigned one half of the aforesaid slaves.
In testimony whereof the said ENG BUNKER hath hereto set his hand and seal this 20th November AD 1855.
ENG BUNKER(seal)

Test.
JOB WORTH
WILLIAM RAWLEY



ENG BUNKER to CHANG BUNKER Bill of Sale 10 Slaves. North Carolina Surry County. May Term 1859.
The Execution of the foregoing bill of sale was duly proven in open court by the oath of JOB WORTH and ordered to be registered. JOHN H. DOBSON, clk. By T. D. HAMLIN. Registered in Register's office in Book No. 10 page 223 T.F. ANTHONY, Regr.

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