On 15 October 1853, Penny Lassiter paid Hilliard Thomas $242 for 106 acres of land on “the Tarboro road,” i.e. today’s N.C. Highway 42. To date, this is the earliest found purchase of land by an African-American woman in what is now Wilson County.
Deed book 26, page 258, Edgecombe County Register of Deeds Office, Tarboro, N.C.
I’m thinking she purchased about 180 acres in total some which is still in the family.