court actions

A slave for a wife.

State of North Carolina, Wilson County to wit:

Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions January Term AD 1859

The Jurors for the State on their oath present that Benjamin Price a free negro late of the County of Wilson on the 1st day of December AD 1858 and divers other days and times both before and after that day at and in the county aforesaid did unlawfully cohabit & live as man & wife with Easter a slave the property of Dempsey Barnes contrary to the form of the statute in such cases made & provided and against the peace & dignity of the state.    /s/ B.B. Barnes Sol

[Reverse: State vs Ben Price A Slave for Wife / Gov Pros Wit Dempsey Barnes  / Not a true Bill W.E.J. Shallington For’n Grand Jury]

Miscellaneous Records, Wilson County Records, North Carolina State Archives.

Assault & Battery on Willis, a slave.

Indictment_A&B_on_Willis_a_Slave

Charles Rountree appears in the 1860 census of Wilson township, Wilson County, as a 27 year-old farmer. He is listed in the 1860 slave schedule as the owner of 8 slaves. There were several Jacob Barneses listed in the 1850 and 1860 censuses, and it is not clear which one was Willis‘ owner.

Document in Slave Records, Miscellaneous Records, Wilson County Records, North Carolina State Archives.