Below is a transcription of the last will and testament of Mary HOLMES of Craven County. Although I descend from the HOLMES family of Beaufort County, I had not seen this before. I suspect there is some connection between Mary and my ancestor, John HOLMES, as there are many occasions where John is conducting business […]
When researching one’s genealogy, an often neglected resource is a county’s apprenticeship bonds. At times, children apprenticed out were poor orphans. Many other times, the children being bound out simply had the misfortune of being born to non-white parents, or of having a father who died without specifying in a will that the children’s mother […]
From Craven County, North Carolina Court Minutes Book VI (1764-1771) by Weynette Parks Haun p. 78 (July 1767) -38 Ordered that Charles BUTLER an Orphan Boy son of William BUTLER Aged Fifteen Years be Bound Apprentice to Charles ROACH to learn Shoemaker Trade.
Apprentice Bond for Arthur Butler to Thomas Swaffer(Swafford), 7 April 1764 This Indenture, made the 7th Day of April in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty four Witnesseth , That John Williams Esq, Presiding Chairman of the Inferior Court of Craven County have put and placed Arthur Butler, an Orphan, […]
I originally published this list at CoastalCarolinaIndians.com due to the fact that Indians were often listed in census records as “Other Free.” Anyone listed as “other free” or “free person of color” could be black, Indian, or any combination of other-than-white ethnicities, including mixed race with white. The entries below have been taken from transcriptions of […]