Wilson County African American Genealogy Page

 

Wilson County African American Research Page

Dedicated To Assisting the Efforts of African American Researchers


The African American genealogist has a difficult job. Prior to the end of the Civil War, especially in the South, vital records were not kept for slaves. As a result, this causes problems when it comes to family research. Slaves' names were usually recorded in wills, deeds, and court records. At the end of the Civil War, most slaves took the last name of their former "master". They acquired land, married and started families of their own. This page is for the descendants of these former slaves. If you have any documents that refer to names of former slaves, please post that information here.



NAME Lisa Henderson
E-MAIL lyhend@aol.com
SURNAMES HENDERSON, ARTIS, HALL, HAGANS, LASSITER, REID, BARNES, ELLIS, GAY, FARMER, JONES, POWELL, EATMAN, WOODARD, THOMAS, etc.
COMMENTS I have done research on 100+ African-American families with origins in Wilson and Wayne (and to a lesser extent, Edgecombe, Johnston, Nash, Sampson, and Duplin) Counties. My focus has been upon families who were free prior to the Civil War, but I have researched many families descended from slaves as well. Am happy to share what I have, as well as advice and tips. I don't live in Wilson anymore, so I can't do much research, but I may be of some assistance in this difficult area.

NAME Rita Korbach
E-MAIL barnesweb@skyweb.net
SURNAMES Various
COMMENTS 1867-1872 Wilson County Marriage Register: I can do lookups by groom's name. This register shows name of bride & groom; their parents' names; date & place of marriage; and who married them.

NAME Rita Korbach
E-MAIL barnesweb@skyweb.net
SURNAME BARNES
COMMENTS

I can do BARNES lookups in the following Wilson County sources:

  • 1900 Federal Census (333 African American Barnes families from Wilson & parent counties; shows month & year of birth).
  • 1850 and 1860 Slave Census (lists name of slaveholder only & the age of each slave).
  • 1880-1893 Marriage Licenses (also lists the names of the parents of both bride & groom).
  • 1867-1872 Marriage Register (also lists the names of the parents of both bride & groom).
  • Listing of freed slaves living together as a married couple prior to March 1866.
  • Slaves mentioned by name in Barnes' wills.
  • 1908, 1920, 1930 Wilson City Directory (shows street address and occupation).
  • 1913-1940s Wilson County Death Index (limited information: name, parent name, year & certificate number only; race is not specified).

NAME Ronda M. Jones
E-MAIL woodtompkins@mindspring.com
SURNAMES TOMPKINS, JONES, MCDOUGALD
RECORD TYPE Plantation Records

NAME Sankofa Center for Southern Black Family and Community History
E-MAIL sankofacenter@mail.com
COMMENTS We are a new organization seeking to increase the documentation of African-
American communities in public county and state libraries. If you have a book, tape, article, or any other documented form of a community, please let us know. We also sponsor African-American community history writing workshops at a low cost. Please e-mail us for any information, until we acquire a web site.


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