North Carolina Slaves and Free Persons of Color: Perquimans 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." Perquimans County, named after a local Indian Tribe, was formed in 1670 as part of a precinct of Albemarle County. It is bounded by Albemarle Sound, and the counties of Chowan, Gates, and Pasquotank. Hertford, the county seat, was established in 1758, and has continued to be the county seat since that time. Interactions between Blacks and Whites are displayed on both an antagonistic and intimate level, and are dramatically played out through crime and punishment. Criminal cases are filled with intrigue-murder, felonies, trading with slaves and harboring slaves. Records are grouped by category, including: Free Persons of Color, Insurrection Among Slaves; Division of Slaves; Sale of Slaves, Hiring of Slaves, Patrol Records, Runaways and Militia 1822, Runaways and Militia 1826, Negroes Taken Up, Bills of Sale, Civil Action, Criminal Actions, and Miscellaneous Records. A table of cases for criminal and civil actions, a full name index, and a glossary of legal terms augment this work. Anyone researching this area will want to add this rich catalog of names to their library. This is the ninth volume in the North Carolina Slaves and Free Persons Of Color series.


William L Byrd III


2006, 5½x8½, paper, index, 432 pp.

ISBN: 9780788433269