N.B.: Wilson County was formed in 1855 from parts of Edgecombe, Johnston, Nash and Wayne Counties. At the time this ad was published, White Oak branch and the town of Stantonsburg were in southern Edgecombe County, very close to Wayne.
To the worshipful the Justices of the Cort of Pleas and Quarter Sessions July term 1856 In obedience to an order of said Cort at April Term last I Benjamin Bynum Commesioner appointed by the Cort for that purpose after giving due notice, proceded, on the twenty eighth day of June at the White Oak toll Hows on the plank Road to expose to public sale the following property, vis: Slaves Sherard and Cate heretofore held in common by James R. Barnes and others on a credit of Six months with Interest from the time of sale according to the order of the Cort; when and where James R. Barnes became the purchaser at the price of fore hundred and fifty dollars for Slave Sherard and also of Slave Cate at twenty cents the low bid. Whereupon be the said James R. Barnes executed to me a bond Satisfactory for the purchase money, according to the terms of Sale and took full possession of the said property
All of which respectfully Submited Benja’n Bynum Com
Document in Records of Slaves and Free People of Color, Miscellaneous Records, Wilson County Records, North Carolina State Archives.