A guide to Wilson County enslavers.

Wills and estate records contain some of the most useful material for researchers of enslaved people. Here, a running list of enslavers’ wills and estate records featured in Black Wide-Awake.


Detail from 1860 federal slave schedule of Wilson County, North Carolina.

Estate records

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  1. The mighty revelations of written records!!! ….the accounts do not read like “earning wealth through pulling up my own bootstraps {rather…“Land patents were granted by the Governor and Council under the authority of the British Crown from the opening of the land office in 1735 until its closure in 1775 “}

    EVIDENCE: Accounts of Privilege, Power, and Free Labor.

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