State of North Carolina, Wilson County }
Know all men by these presents that we A.J. Barefoot & J.D. Rountree are held & firmly bound unto Elias Barnes in the sum of five hundred Dollars for which payment we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors & administrators jointly & severally Sealed with our seals & dated April 25th 1855. Whereas, the said Elias Barnes has placed in the hands of the said A.J. Barefoot negro slaves Mary, Cherry and Henry the property of Geo. W. Barefoot which were lately levied upon & taken by the said Elias, as Sheriff of Wilson County, by virtue of original attachments in favor of Jas. D. Barnes, and J.D. & M. Rountree to the use of Wm. Barnes Jr. against the said Geo.W. Barefoot, returnable to July Term 1855 of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions of said County.
Now the condition of the above obligation is such that should the said Barefoot produce the said negro slaves at the next Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions & be held for the County of Wilson at B.H. Bardens store in the Town of Wilson there to abide the decision & judgment of the Court then this obligation to be void otherwise to remain in full force & virtue. /s/ A.J. Barefoot, J.D. Rountree
Court Cases Involving Slaves, Slave Records, Wilson County Records, North Carolina State Archives.
Wilson N.C. Sept 26th 1860
Mr A.J. Brown, Dear Sir you will take notice that I have this day Levied a Judgment and Execution against you in favor of B.H. Bardin & J.G. Thomas. Levied upon the following articles, vis: one negro Boy Adam also upon a negro woman named Lucy also upon a lott containing half acre more or less with a dweling House & printing Office ocupyed by E.P. Tuck & other out Houses on said lott, adjoining J.H. Adams & the M.E. church lott & is a corner lott which I shall return to the next term of the county court of pleas and quarter sessions to be held in the Town of Wilson. Served a true copy of the above upon A.J. Brown this Oct 13th day A.D. 1860 F.W. Taylor Constable
In the 1860 census of the Town of Wilson, Wilson County:
- A.J. [Arthur J.] Brown, a 21 year-old merchant who claimed $6980 in personal property and reported owning four people — a 26 year-old male, a 21 year-old female, a 15 year-old male, and a 2 year-old female — in the 1860 slave schedule.
- B.H. [Benjamin Howell] Bardin, a 34 year-old farmer who claimed $12,800 in real property and $42,500 in personal property, including the 21 slaves he reported in the 1860 slave schedule.
Records of Slaves and Free People of Color, Miscellaneous Records, Wilson County Records, North Carolina State Archives.