NCGS Journal Vol. 46 No. 2 is Live

The latest journal issue, “Enslaved, Free Persons of Color, and African American Research” is now available online for all NCGS Members.

Editor’s Message

Before discussing the contents of this issue, I want to thank a few people who consistently assist, behind the scenes, with the journal. First, a thank you to Alysia Richard for doing initial, intermediate, and final formatting while also filling abstracting and indexing gaps. Second, a thank you to Hope Blackford for not only being ready and willing to abstract/transcribe materials but also for recently stepping in to help pre-index content. Lastly, a thank you to Pam Toms who is always willing to consider some of my more esoteric requests about possible journal content.

We are thrilled to bring you this issue which looks at some “off the beaten path” materials to assist in African American ancestral research. We are fortunate to have articles which explore the holdings of Joyner Library (ECU) and the Digital Library of American Slavery (UNC-G). Sharon Rea Gable supplies us some insights into the records of eastern North Carolina – the 1860 census and apprenticeship records. Two articles focus on manumission. Both involve an enslaved individual who performed meritorious service during the Revolutionary War.

“In Loving Remembrance of Sabra Robeson” explores previously unknown Southern ancestry commemorated in a beautiful stained-glass window. The “Timothy Hunter Papers” enlighten us on the diverse surviving record types documenting formerly enslaved ancestors.

We continue to share abstracts/transcripts of records we suggest you explore as you research your African American ancestry – a petition found in the Freedmen’s Bureau records, student lists of what was the Slater Industrial and State Normal School, informative minutes from the United Order of True Reformers, Civil War era slave payrolls, and 1868 voter registration information.

And, as always, reviews of newly published books which might benefit your genealogical research.

Best wishes wherever your genealogical journey takes you.

-Diane L. Richard, Editor

Table of Contents

Editor’s Message

Joyner’s Jewels: African American Civil War Pension Ledgers and Other Genealogical Resources
Dale Sauter

When is a Copy Not a Copy?
Sharon Rea Gable CG

Apprentice Bonds in Pasquotank County
Sharon Rea Gable CG

People Not Property: A Guide to Slave Deeds of North Carolina
Claire Heckel, Ph.D.

Stories from Surry County Slave Deeds
October Kamara & Claire Heckel, Ph.D.

The Story of Rachel
Diane L. Richard

In Loving Remembrance of Sabra Robeson
Frederik H. Cron & Fred W. Harrison, Jr.

Freedmen’s Bureau Petition (Kinston, Lenoir Co)
Glenda Ward

Legislative Petition
Sharon Rea Gable CG

The Slater Industrial and State Normal School (1900-1903) Winston-Salem, NC
Hope Blackford

United Order of True Reformers Minute Book (1888; 1907-1910) Oxford, NC
Hope Blackford

Confederate Slave Payrolls
Pamelia Toms

Timothy Hunter Papers (1806-1906) Pasquotank County
Hope Blackford

1868 Voter Registration
Marilyn Carney & Lisa Junkins

Book and Media Reviews
W. Becket Soule


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