Freedmen’s Bank

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.

No. 7170.

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Peter Rountree‘s residency in New Bern, North Carolina, where he opened this Freedmen’s Savings Bank account, was apparently temporary. He, Lucinda and their children appear in the 1870 census of Wilson, Wilson County, in which Peter is described as a shoemaker. In 1880, they are again in Wilson, on Nash Street, Peter this time describing himself as a merchant. In 1900, Peter and Lucinda head a household comprised of two generations of offspring, and Peter is still working as a shoemaker.

Freedman’s Bank Records, 1865-1871 [database on-line],

No. 1481.

From the records of the Freedmen’s Savings Bank, New Bern branch:

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Daniel Shellington, born about 1841, reported that he was born in Wilson County and was brought up “there & on Pungo river 32 mi. from Washington.”

Here is his mother Amelia “Milly” Cherry’s bank registration card. She named a two husbands, the second of which had died in Columbia, South Carolina. She had not seen her parents since she was a child:

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And Daniel, wife Maria and children Cora and Isabela in New Bern, Craven County, as reported in the 1870 census. Daniel reported that he worked in a grist mill.

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Freedmen’s Bank Records, 1865-1871 [database on-line],