North Carolina Slaves And Free Persons Of Color: Iredell County


These pages contain a wealth of information transcribed from obscure and fragile, original documents housed at the North Carolina State Archives. Every attempt has been made to transcribe the complete collection, including partial or fragmented documents. Papers were listed under the general headings of "Slaves and Free Negroes," "Slaves and Free Persons of Color" and "Miscellaneous Records."Iredell County, named in honor of James Iredell of Edenton, was established in 1789, and is bound by Rowan, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Catawba, Alexander, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Davie counties. There were several boundary changes between Iredell, Burke and Wilkes counties (1793-1818). Anyone researching this area will want to add this rich catalog of names to their library. Interactions between Blacks and Whites are displayed on both legal and domestic levels, giving the reader a vivid account of everyday life in the Antebellum South. Criminal cases are filled with intrigue-murder, felonies, trading with slaves and harboring slaves. Records are grouped by category, including: Civil Actions, Criminal Actions, Miscellaneous Records, and Petitions to Sell Slaves. A table of cases for criminal and civil actions, a full name and subject index, and a glossary of legal terms augment this work. This is the fifth Heritage Book by these authors in the North Carolina And Free Persons Of Color series.


William L. Byrd III and John H. Smith


 (2002), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, 210 pp.

ISBN: 9780788420887