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Re: Wilkins family
Posted by: David Boylan (ID *****3424) Date: June 01, 2010 at 18:18:45
In Reply to: Wilkins family by Anthony Batchelor of 2570

Hello Anthony,

I am not researching the genealogy of Asa Wilkins but found some information about him and his family at the Ancestry.com subscription database. Portions of these records come from “Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts,” compiled by Cynthia Herrin from a 1909 history of Nash Count. I’ll have more information about this history a little later.

The first record below notes that Asa Wilkins was born in Nash County in 1830, and that he married a girl named Marcella who was born in 1850. Marcella’s maiden name or the date of the marriage is not given in this record. But the record shows that Asa and Marcella had children named James, Mary, William, George, Emma, and “Others.”

Asa’s occupation is given as “farmer,” his race is “Negro.”

Please see below:


Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts

Name: Wilkins, Asa
Birth Date: 1830
Birth Place: Nash CO., NC
Marriage Place: Nash CO., NC
Spouse: Marcella, B. 1850
Children: James, Mary, William, George, Emma, Others
Residence: Manning, Nash CO., NC
Occupation: Farmer
Other Notes/Race: Negro.

Source Information:

Herrin, Cynthia. Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:
Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Families of Early North Carolina. 1909.

Description: This database is a distillation of vital records from the history of Nash County. Containing
the names of over 30,000 county residents, it provides information regarding the individual's birth,
parents, marriage, spouse, children, and death. Entries range from before 1800 up through the beginning
of the twentieth century. For those Ancestry.com patrons seeking ancestors from North Carolina, this can
be an informative database.
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Another vital record abstract gives Asa’s birth year as 1846, and his place of birth as Nash County. However, unlike the previous abstract, this second one shows that he married Marzilla Holland in Nash County on 6 January 1867, and that they lived in Nash County:

Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts

Name: Wilkins, Asa
Birth Date: 1846
Birth Place: Nash CO., NC
Marriage Date: 6 Jan 1867
Marriage Place: Nash CO., NC
Spouse: Marzilla Holland
Residence: Nash CO., NC

Source Information:

Herrin, Cynthia. Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:
Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Families of Early North Carolina. 1909.

Description: This database is a distillation of vital records from the history of Nash County. Containing
the names of over 30,000 county residents, it provides information regarding the individual's birth,
parents, marriage, spouse, children, and death. Entries range from before 1800 up through the beginning
of the twentieth century. For those Ancestry.com patrons seeking ancestors from North Carolina, this can
be an informative database.
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Records you will see later indicate that Asa was born circa 1830, rather than 1846, as the second abstract notes.

The following is the Nash County Vital Record Abstract for “Marcella” Holland, giving her birth year in Nash County as 1847. The abstract also shows that she and Asa Wilkins were married in Nash County on 6 January 1867:


Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts

Name: Holland, Marcella
Birth Date: 1847
Birth Place: Nash CO., NC
Marriage Date: 6 Jan 1867
Marriage Place: Nash CO., NC
Spouse: Asa Wilkins

Source Information:

Herrin, Cynthia. Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:
Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Families of Early North Carolina. 1909.

Description: This database is a distillation of vital records from the history of Nash County. Containing
the names of over 30,000 county residents, it provides information regarding the individual's birth,
parents, marriage, spouse, children, and death. Entries range from before 1800 up through the beginning
of the twentieth century. For those Ancestry.com patrons seeking ancestors from North Carolina, this can
be an informative database.
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Next are the Nash County Vital Records Abstracts for the children of Asa and Marcella Wilkins. These children include James (1866); Mary L. (1868); William E. (1873); George P. (1875); and Emma (1878). The records shows the Wilkins family were living in Manning, Nash County, when the children were born. The race of the children is given as “Negro“:


Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts

Name: Wilkins, James
Birth Date: 1866
Birth Place: Nash CO., NC
Father: Asa Wilkins
Mother: Marcella
Residence: Manning, Nash CO., NC
Occupation: Farm Hand
Other Notes/Race: Negro.

Source Information:

Herrin, Cynthia. Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:
Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Families of Early North Carolina. 1909.

Description: This database is a distillation of vital records from the history of Nash County. Containing
the names of over 30,000 county residents, it provides information regarding the individual's birth,
parents, marriage, spouse, children, and death. Entries range from before 1800 up through the beginning
of the twentieth century. For those Ancestry.com patrons seeking ancestors from North Carolina, this can
be an informative database.
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Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts

Name: Wilkins, Mary L.
Birth Date: 1868
Birth Place: Nash CO., NC
Father: Asa Wilkins
Mother: Marcella
Residence: Manning, Nash CO., NC
Occupation: Domestic
Other Notes/Race: Negro.

Source Information:

Herrin, Cynthia. Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:
Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Families of Early North Carolina. 1909.

Description: This database is a distillation of vital records from the history of Nash County. Containing
the names of over 30,000 county residents, it provides information regarding the individual's birth,
parents, marriage, spouse, children, and death. Entries range from before 1800 up through the beginning
of the twentieth century. For those Ancestry.com patrons seeking ancestors from North Carolina, this can
be an informative database.
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Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts

Name: Wilkins, William E.
Birth Date: 1873
Birth Place: Manning, Nash CO., NC
Father: Asa Wilkins
Mother: Marcella
Residence: Manning, Nash CO., NC
Other Notes/Race: Negro.

Source Information:

Herrin, Cynthia. Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:
Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Families of Early North Carolina. 1909.

Description: This database is a distillation of vital records from the history of Nash County. Containing
the names of over 30,000 county residents, it provides information regarding the individual's birth,
parents, marriage, spouse, children, and death. Entries range from before 1800 up through the beginning
of the twentieth century. For those Ancestry.com patrons seeking ancestors from North Carolina, this can
be an informative database.
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Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts

Name: Wilkins, George P.
Birth Date: 1875
Birth Place: Manning, Nash CO., NC
Father: Asa Wilkins
Mother: Marcella
Residence: Manning, Nash CO., NC
Other Notes/Race: Negro.

Source Information:

Herrin, Cynthia. Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:
Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Families of Early North Carolina. 1909.

Description: This database is a distillation of vital records from the history of Nash County. Containing
the names of over 30,000 county residents, it provides information regarding the individual's birth,
parents, marriage, spouse, children, and death. Entries range from before 1800 up through the beginning
of the twentieth century. For those Ancestry.com patrons seeking ancestors from North Carolina, this can
be an informative database.
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Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts

Name: Wilkins, Emma
Birth Date: 1878
Birth Place: Manning, Nash CO., NC
Father: Asa Wilkins
Mother: Marcella
Residence: Manning, Nash CO., NC
Other Notes/Race: Negro.

Source Information:

Herrin, Cynthia. Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:
Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Families of Early North Carolina. 1909.

Description: This database is a distillation of vital records from the history of Nash County. Containing
the names of over 30,000 county residents, it provides information regarding the individual's birth,
parents, marriage, spouse, children, and death. Entries range from before 1800 up through the beginning
of the twentieth century. For those Ancestry.com patrons seeking ancestors from North Carolina, this can
be an informative database.
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More information about the Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts, follows. This information comes from Ancestry.com:


About Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts

Carved out of the much larger Edgecombe County in 1777, Nash County, North Carolina is nestled in the northeast corner of the state. In 1909 a local genealogical group published a series of county histories for the northeastern region of the state. This database is a distillation of vital records from the history of Nash County. Containing the names of over 30,000 county residents, it provides information regarding the individual's birth, parents, marriage, spouse, children, and death. Entries range from before 1800 up through the beginning of the twentieth century. For those Ancestry.com patrons seeking ancestors from North Carolina, this can be an informative database.

From the author: In 1777 Nash County, North Carolina was carved out of the much larger Edgecombe County. Nestled in the northeast corner of North Carolina, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Nash was home to many small farms. It lies north of the Tar River and south of Swift Creek and has two towns: Nashville, the county seat, and Rocky Mount. Dozens of small creeks and rivers worm through the coniferous forests and swamps that comprise the landscape. Other than farming, the main industry of the area was turpentine and tar manufacturing, and some lumber operations.

In 1909, a local genealogical group published a series of county histories for northeast North Carolina. Families of Early North Carolina is separated into three sections. The first section is a narrative describing the people and adventures of the county. This part was enjoyable and gossipy, although I am suspicious of the accuracy of some of the birth and marriage dates provided. The authors may have guessed. However, it was rich with family connections and with personal stories, many of them not complementary to those involved. I briefly included bits that would provide interest (murders, suspected murders, family feuding, illnesses and drunkenness, etc), hoping to tip researchers off to the existence of other family records that might be found in court proceedings or newspapers.

The second and third sections are a compilation of biographical facts grouped by family. These two parts seem to have been purchased through subscription, with the families providing the data themselves. The second section is made up of white families and the third of black families. While the data abstracted from these sections is probably quite accurate, I have noted irregularities. Often two siblings have differing opinions on family origins, or a child might guess at grandparent's birth date, not realizing how seriously researchers would take them a hundred and fifty years later.
This database should be helpful to those who have ancestors in the Nash County, North Carolina area. As genealogists interested in the south already know, so many of the primary documents for this area have been forever lost or destroyed. This database helps fill in some blanks spots. Because families didn't move much and inter-married often, discovering one ancestor usually leads to discovering many, many more. This is particularly true in the case of African-American families. The database contains over 30,000 names in a county that for much of this time period only contained about 9,000-10,000 people.

One final note: the spelling of names in this database are as they appear in the book. The names often don't match up with other available records, but seem to have been tinkered with by the editors of the book. For example, all the Boons, Meltons, and Joiners seem to have become Bone, Milton and Joyner. People in my family who have consistently been labelled as Nicey or Dossey show up as Annice and Dawson. Zobedia seems to have been used instead of Beedie. If you can't find your Sallie, try Sarah, or Martha for Atsey and Patty, and Margaret for Daisey. Names such as Mason, Applewhite, Archie, William and Alsey are used interchangeably for males and females. When the gender is clear I have made a notation, otherwise, be careful of making assumptions. The book from which this database was abstracted came from a collection long held by my family. The books spent decades in boxes in basements and attics and were subjected to harsh conditions, including a flood. Some of them are in very bad condition, held together by rubberbands or in shreds. Until recently I was unaware of how hard to find some of the books might be. It may be the only other copies can be found in old book shops or from out of print dealers. However, I am willing to do look ups when possible or answer questions. For inquiries regarding a specific entry in this database, the provider, Cynthia Herrin, can be contacted by sending e-mail to forms@tir.com.
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I also found two more marriage entries for Asa Wilkins and Marzilla Holland at Ancestry.com. These are from “North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868,” and the “North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004.” The North Carolina Marriage Bonds show that the bond for their marriage was posted on 5 January 1867 and that they married the following day, 6 January. The bondsman acting as surety on behalf of Asa was Matt Greene. He singed the marriage bond with his “Mark,” most likely because he could not write. The marriage was performed by the Justice of the Peace, G R Marshborn. The witness to the marriage was B H Sorsby, who may have been the county clerk who recorded the marriage, but I couldn‘t tell for sure, as the transcription of the record from Ancestry.com does not appear to be complete:


North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868

Groom: Asa Wilkins
Bride: Marzilla Holland
Bond Date: 5 Jan 1867
Bond #: 000087111
Marriage Date: 6 Jan 1867
Level Info: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868

Image Num: 003780
County: Nash
Record #: 01 137
Bondsman: Greene Made his Mark Matt
Witness: B H Sorsby (Clerk
Performed By: G R Marshborn, Justice of the Peace

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000.

Original data: State of North Carolina. An Index to Marriage Bonds Filed in the North Carolina State Archives. Raleigh, NC, USA: North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1977.

Description:
This database contains information extracted from 170,000 marriage bonds, covering the years 1741-1868, on file in the North Carolina State Archives in the United States.
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The record of marriage for Asa and Marzilla from the following “North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004,” doesn’t giver any further information above and beyond what has been seen previously:



North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004

Name: Asa Wilkins
Gender: Male

Spouse: Marzilla Holland
Spouse gender: Female

Marriage Date: 6 Jan 1867
Marriage County: Nash
Marriage State: North Carolina

Source Vendor: FHL microfilm # ?????
Source: Record of this marriage may be found at the Family History Library
in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Notes: Asa Wilkins married Marzilla Holland on Jan 06, 1867 in Nash, NC

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:
Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
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I also found a marriage index for Asa Wilkins and “Marsilla Holland at the Latter Day Saints (LDS) website at www.familysearch.org. This index shows Asa and Marsilla, as previously noted, were married in Nash County, North Carolina, on 6 January 1867:


ASA WILKINS
Male

Event(s):
Birth:
Christening:
Death:
Burial:

Marriages:
Spouse: MARSILLA HOLLAND
Marriage: 06 JAN 1867 , Nash, North Carolina

Messages:
Form submitted by a member of the LDS Church. The form lists the submitter's name and address and may include
source information. The address may be outdated. Details vary. To find the form, you must know the batch and
sheet number.
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The LDS have filmed the Nash County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds to the year 1868, as well as miscellaneous Nash County marriages from 1836-1887 on two microfilm reels. Please see below:


Nash County, North Carolina marriage bonds, early to 1868

FHL US/CAN Film: 422156 Item 3
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Miscellaneous marriage records of Nash County, North Carolina, 1836-1887

Authors North Carolina. Superior Court (Nash County) (Main Author)

US/CAN Film: 2266607 Item 1
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The Nash County, North Carolina marriage bonds, early to 1868 can be found on LDS microfilm number 422156 Item 3. The Miscellaneous marriage records of Nash County, North Carolina, 1836-1887 can be found on LDS microfilm number 2266607 Item 1. Both films can be ordered from your nearest Family History Center.

Asa and Marzilla Wilkins and the five children were also found in the 1880 U.S. Federal census living in Manning, Nash County, North Carolina. Asa is shown to be a 50 year old mulatto working as a farmer. His place of birth as well as the place of birth for his father and mother is North Carolina. Marzilla is a 30 year old mulatto working keeping house. She and her parents were also born in North Carolina. The children in the household, all born North Carolina, include 14 year old farm laborer James; 12 year old domestic servant, Mary L.; 7 year old William E.; 5 year old George P.; and 2 year old Emma Wilkins. All of the children are listed as mulatto. The 1880 census transcription below is from the Latter Day Saints (LDS) website at www.familysearch.org:

1880 U.S. Federal census


Household:

Name, Relation, Marital Status, Gender, Race, Age, Birthplace, Occupation, Father's Birthplace, Mother's Birthplace

Asa WILKINS Self M Male MU 50 NC Farmer NC NC
Marzilla WILKINS Wife M Female MU 30 NC Keeps House NC NC
James WILKINS Son S Male MU 14 NC Farm Laborer NC NC
Mary L. WILKINS Dau S Female MU 12 NC Domestic Servant NC NC
William E. WILKINS Son S Male MU 7 NC NC NC
George P. WILKINS Son S Male MU 5 NC NC NC
Emma WILKINS Dau S Female MU 2 NC NC NC

Source Information:
Census Place Manning, Nash, North Carolina
Family History Library Film 1254974
NA Film Number T9-0974
Page Number 504C
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Asa, “Zillie,” and James Wilkins are also in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census, living in Union Township, Nash County, North Carolina. Asa is listed as a 30 year old black male working as a farmer. His occupation is farm servant and his place of birth is North Carolina. He is also shown to be a “Male citizen of the U.S. of 21 years of age and upwards.”

Zillie is listed as a 25 year old black female who is keeping house. She was born in North Carolina. James is 3 years old and born in North Carolina. The transcription below is from Ancestry.com:


1870 United States Federal Census


Page No. 37}

Schedule 1. Inhabitants in Union Township, in the County of Nash, State

of North Carolina, enumerated by me on the 23rd day of August 1870. W H Renfrew, Ass't Marshal

Post Office: Nashville


Name, Age, Sex, Color, Occupation, Value of real Estate, Value of Personal Estate, Place of Birth,
Cannot Read, cannot Write, Male Citizen of U.S. of 21 years of age and upwards

Asa Wilkins, 30, Male, Black, Farm Servant, North Carolina, Male Citizen of U.S. of 21 years of age and upwards
Zillie Wilkins, 25, Female, Black, Keeping House, North Carolina
James Wilkins, 3, Male, Black, North Carolina

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Union, Nash, North Carolina; Roll M593_1150; Page: 115A;
Image: 233; Family History Library Film: 552649.
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I then wanted to see if perhaps Asa Wilkins and Marzilla Holland may have been listed as free blacks before their marriage in the 1860 U.S. Federal Census for Nash County. I didn’t find either of them in the 1860 census in Nash County or anywhere else in North Carolina in the 1860 census, even though there were free blacks and mulattoes living in North Carolina before the Civil War in several county districts, including Mannings, Collins, Dortchess, Sullivans District, and Winsteads.

As an example, below is the family of “Jno” (John) Wilkins in the 1860 census of free inhabitants of Nash County, living in the Collins District, with a Post Office address of Hillarston. John is shown to be a 30 year old black man born in North Carolina who cannot read or write. The value of his Real Estate holdings is listed as $60. No occupation is given for John. Also in the household is 23 year old Mary Wilkins, a mulatto, also born North Carolina. The two children in the household, both mulatto and both born in North Carolina, are 2 year old Allice Wilkins and 1 year old Harriet Wilkins. The 1860 census does not give the relations of people in the household, to the head of the household, but I would guess that Mary is the wife of John and that Allice and Harriet are their children.

The transcription of the 1860 census, from Ancestry.com, is below:


1860 United States Federal Census

Page No. 113

SCHEDULE 1.-Free Inhabitants in Collins District in the County of Nash State

of NC enumerated by me, on the 14 day of July 1860. A W Bryant, Ass't Marshal

Post Office: Hillardston


Name, Age, Sex, Color, Occupation, Value of Real Estate Owned, Place of Birth, Attended School within the year,
Person over 20 years of age who cannot read & write

Jno Wilkins, 30, Male, Black, $0, $60, NC, Person over 20 years of age who cannot read & write
Mary Wilkins, 23, Female, Mulatto, NC
Allice Wilkins, 2, Female, Mulatto, NC
Harriet Wilkins, 1, Female, Mulatto, NC

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Collins, Nash, North Carolina; Roll M653_907;
Page: 613; Image: 117; Family History Library Film: 803907.
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Another example is below. The 1860 census shows the family of William Wilkins living in the Dortchess District of Nash County, with a Post Office address of Rockymount. William Wilkins is shown to be a 38 year old mulatto, working as a carpenter. The value of his real estate holdings is $300, while his personal estate is worth $10. His place of birth is North Carolina. In the household with him is 41 year old Violaet Wilkins, a black lady born in North Carolina. The two other people in the household, both mulattoes and both born North Carolina, are 21 Isham Wilkins and 8 year old Azariah Locus:

The Ancestry.com transcription follows:


1860 United States Federal Census

Page No. 147

SCHEDULE 1.-Free Inhabitants in Dortchess District in the County of Nash State

of NC enumerated by me, on the 23 day of July 1860. And W Bryant, Ass't Marshal

Post Office: Rockymount


Name, Age, Sex, Color, Occupation, Value of Real Estate Owned, Place of Birth, Attended School within the year,
Person over 20 years of age who cannot read & write

William Wilkins, 38, Male, Mulatto, Carpenter, $300, $10, NC
Violet Wilkins, 41, Female, Black, NC
Isham Wilkins, 21, Male, Mulatto, NC
Azariah Locus, 8, Male, Mulatto, NC

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Dortches, Nash, North Carolina; Roll M653_907;
Page: 647; Image: 151; Family History Library Film: 803907.
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Not having found Asa Wilkins or Marzilla Holland living as free blacks or mulattos in the 1860 census, I next wanted to see if there were any slave owners named Wilkins or Holland in Nash county, in the slave schedules, that is, the 1860 slave census, as it is possible that Asa and Marzilla were in bondage before the Civil War, and took on the names of their slave masters. The slave schedules can only be used as a guide to finding slave ancestors because these enumerations (for 1850 and 1860) give the names of the slave owners, but rarely give the names of individual slaves.

I didn’t find any slave owners enumerated in the 1860 slave schedules for Nash County named Wilkins or Holland, and so looked for slave owners named Wilkins and Holland in the counties surrounding Nash, including Edgecombe, Franklin, Halifax, Johnston, Wake, Warren, and Wilson.

I located slave owners named Wilkins in Edgecombe, Franklin, Halifax, and Wilson Counties.

The slave owners in Edgecombe county are Mary Wilkins with 17 slaves; Easter H. Wilkins, with 1 slave; and Antoinett Wilkins with 1 slave.

The slave owner in Franklin County includes Susan Wilkins with 3 slaves in Franklinton Township.

The slave owner in the Eastern Division, Halifax County, is B R Wilkins, with 11 slaves.

The slave owner in Jozners and Gardners, Wilson County, with 14 slaves, is John Wilkins.

The only information provided about the slaves in these census returns are their ages, genders, and in most cases, their race.

See the transcriptions that follow from Ancestry.com for these slave schedules for the Wilkins slave owners named in the above counties:


WILKINS SLAVE OWNERS IN EDGECOMBE COUNTY


1860 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules


Age, Gender, Race, Name of Slave, Owner Home in 1860


60, Male, Black, Mary Wilkins, Edgecombe, North Carolina
42, Male, Black, Mary Wilkins, Edgecombe, North Carolina
41, Male, Black, Mary Wilkins, Edgecombe, North Carolina
36, Female, Black, Mary Wilkins, Edgecombe, North Carolina
36, Female, Black Mary Wilkins, Edgecombe, North Carolina
34, Female, Black, Mary Wilkins, Edgecombe, North Carolina
30, Male, Black, Mary Wilkins Edgecombe, North Carolina
28, Female, Black, Mary Wilkins, Edgecombe, North Carolina
26, Male, Black, Mary Wilkins, Edgecombe, North Carolina
15, Male, Mulatto, Mary Wilkins, Edgecombe, North Carolina
15, Female, Black, Mary Wilkins, Edgecombe, North Carolina
14, Male, Black, Mary Wilkins, Edgecombe, North Carolina
13, Male Black, Mary Wilkins, Edgecombe, North Carolina
10, Male Black, Mary Wilkins, Edgecombe, North Carolina
10, Female, Black, Mary, Wilkins, Edgecombe, North Carolina
9, Male, Black, Mary Wilkins, Edgecombe, North Carolina
3, Male, Black, Mary Wilkins, Edgecombe, North Carolina
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Age, Gender, Race, Name of Slave, Owner Home in 1860

11, Male, Black, Easter H Wilkins, Edgecombe, North Carolina
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Age, Gender, Race, Name of Slave, Owner Home in 1860

6, Male, Black, Antoinett Wilkins, Edgecombe, North Carolina
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WILKINS SLAVE OWNER IN FRANKLIN COUNTY


1860 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules

Age, Gender, Race, Name of Slave, Owner Home in 1860

6, Female, Black, Susan Wilkins, Franklinton, Franklin, North Carolina
4, Male, Black, Susan Wilkins, Franklinton, Franklin, North Carolina
1, Male, Black, Susan Wilkins, Franklinton, Franklin, North Carolina
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WILKINS SLAVE OWNER IN HALIFAX COUNTY


Age Gender Race Name of Slave Owner Home in 1860

90, Male, Black, B R Wilkins, Eastern Division, Halifax, North Carolina
56, Female, Black, B R Wilkins, Eastern Division, Halifax, North Carolina
41, Female, Black, B R Wilkins, Eastern Division, Halifax, North Carolina
39, Male, Black, B R Wilkins, Eastern Division, Halifax, North Carolina
26, Male Black, B R Wilkins, Eastern Division, Halifax, North Carolina
24, Female Black, B R Wilkins, Eastern Division, Halifax, North Carolina
18, Male, Black, B R Wilkins, Eastern Division, Halifax, North Carolina
15, Male Black, B R Wilkins, Eastern Division, Halifax, North Carolina
13, Male, Black, B R Wilkins, Eastern Division, Halifax, North Carolina
12, Male, Black, B R Wilkins, Eastern Division, Halifax, North Carolina
2, Female, Black, B R Wilkins, Eastern Division, Halifax, North Carolina
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WILKINS SLAVE OWNER IN WILSON COUNTY


1860 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules

Age Gender Race Name of Slave Owner Home in 1860

37, Female, Black, John Wilkins, Jozners and Gardners, Wilson, North Carolina
30, Female, Black, John Wilkins, Jozners and Gardners, Wilson, North Carolina
22, Male, Mulatto, John Wilkins, Jozners and Gardners, Wilson, North Carolina
21, Male, Black, John Wilkins, Jozners and Gardners, Wilson, North Carolina
20, Female, Black, John Wilkins, Jozners and Gardners, Wilson, North Carolina
12, Female, Black, John Wilkins, Jozners and Gardners, Wilson, North Carolina
9, Female, Black, John, Wilkins Jozners and Gardners, Wilson, North Carolina
7, Female, Mulatto, John, Wilkins Jozners and Gardners, Wilson, North Carolina
7, Female, Black, John Wilkins, Jozners and Gardners, Wilson, North Carolina
5, Female, Black, John Wilkins, Jozners and Gardners, Wilson, North Carolina
5, Male, Mulatto, John Wilkins, Jozners and Gardners, Wilson, North Carolina
3, Male, Mulatto, John Wilkins, Jozners and Gardners, Wilson, North Carolina
2, Female, Mulatto, John Wilkins, Jozners and Gardners, Wilson, North Carolina
2, Female, Black, John Wilkins, Jozners and Gardners, Wilson, North Carolina

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. 1860 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:
Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.

Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860.
Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1,438 rolls.
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Nest are the Holland slave owners in Johnston, Wake, and Wilson Counties:


HOLLAND SLAVE OWNERS IN JOHNSTON COUNTY


1860 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules


Age, Gender, Race, Name of Slave, Owner Home in 1860

65, Female, Black, David H Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
49, Male, Black, David H Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
45, Male, Black, David H Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
40, Male, Black, David H Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
39, Female, Black, David H Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
33, Male, Black, David H Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
28, Female, Mulatto, David H Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
21, Female, Black, David H Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
18, Male, Black, David H Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
18, Female, Black, David H Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
10, Male, Black, David H Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
8, Male, Black, David H Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
7, Male, Mulatto, David H Holland ,District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
6, Female, Black, David H Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
3, Female ,Black, David H Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
2, Male, Mulatto, David H Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
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Age, Gender, Race, Name of Slave, Owner Home in 1860

68, Male, Bryan Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
56, Female, Bryan Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
28, Male, Bryan Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
21, Female, Bryan Holland ,District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
6, Female, Bryan Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
1, Female, Bryan Holland, District West of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
____


Age, Gender, Race, Name of Slave, Owner Home in 1860

60, Male, Black, E Holland, Division East of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
____


Age, Gender, Race, Name of Slave, Owner Home in 1860

16, Male, Black, Alfred Holland, District East of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
10, Male, Black, Alfred Holland, District East of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
6, Female, Black, Alfred Holland, District East of Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
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HOLLAND SLAVE OWNERS IN WAKE COUNTY


Age, Gender, Race, Name of Slave, Owner Home in 1860

82, Female, Black, Maybell Holland, Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
50, Male, Black, Maybell Holland, Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
50, Female, Black, Maybell Holland, Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
12, Male, Black, Maybell Holland, Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
10, Male, Black, Maybell Holland, Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
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Age, Gender, Race, Name of Slave, Owner Home in 1860

30 Female Black Barnett Holland Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
30 Male Black Barnett Holland Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
28 Male Black Barnett Holland Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
24 Female Black Barnett Holland Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
16 Male Black Barnett Holland Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
10 Female Black Barnett Holland Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
8 Female Black Barnett Holland Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
6 Female Black Barnett Holland Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
6 Female Black Barnett Holland Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
5 Male Black Barnett Holland Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
5 Female Black Barnett Holland Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
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Age, Gender, Race, Name of Slave, Owner Home in 1860

24, Female, Black, D B Holland, Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
18, Male, Black, D B Holland, Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
3, Male, Black, D B Holland, Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
1, Female, Black, D B Holland, Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
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Age, Gender, Race, Name of Slave, Owner Home in 1860

21, Male, Black, George Holland, Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
____


Age, Gender, Race, Name of Slave, Owner Home in 1860

16, Female, Black, Simpson W Holland, Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
9, Female, Black, Simpson W Holland, Southern Division, Wake, North Carolina
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HOLLAND SLAVE OWNER IN WILSON COUNTY


1860 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules


Age, Gender, Race, Name of Slave, Owner Home in 1860

23, Female, Black, Linnet Holland, Black Creek, Wilson, North Carolina
6, Male, Black, Linnet Holland Black, Creek, Wilson, North Carolina
4, Female, Black, Linnet Holland, Black Creek, Wilson, North Carolina
2, Male, Black, Linnet Holland Black, Creek, Wilson, North Carolina

Ancestry.com. 1860 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:
Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.

Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860.
Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1,438 rolls.
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Again, it’s impossible to tell from the slave schedules for the counties that surround Nash, if Asa Wilkins and Marzilla Holland were counted among the slaves.

If they had been slaves in 1860 and were residing in Nash County, their owner may not have been part of the census, or, they may have been loaned out to another slave owner elsewhere in North Carolina, or they may have been free persons who were not counted in the 1860 slave census in any event.


WHO WAS MATT GREENE?


If you recall, the “North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868,” for Asa Wilkins and Marzilla Holland, had shown that a fellow named Matt (that is, Matthew) Greene had stood surety or acted as the bondsman for Asa when he and Marzilla had married on 5 January 1867. Genealogists Franklin Carter Smith and Emily Ann Croom, in their 2003 edition of, “A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors,” have this to say about bondsmen:

“Continuing an older practice, some Southern states after the Civil War still required grooms to sign a bond before they could marry. In most of the bonds, the grooms affirmed that they knew of no legal reason that would prevent the marriage from taking place-neither bride nor groom was already married to someone else and neither was below the minimum age. A relative or friend often acted as surety on the bond In the first years after the Civil War, it is at least possible that a surety, or bondsman, was the former slaveholder of the bride or groom.” Page 123.
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The question I had concerning Matthew Greene was, did he or his family own slaves in Nash County, North Carolina, before the Civil War of 1861-1865, and if they did, were Asa Wilkins and Marzilla Holland under bondage to him, or was he a friend of Asa Wilkins and not a former slave owner?

To find out I searched the 1860 slave schedules for anyone named Greene or Green in Nash County, but found that none had owned slaves in the county. But, I did find a Matthew Green and his family in the 1860 census of Free Inhabitants, living the Mannings District of Nash County, with a Post Office Address of Springhope. This may be the Matthew Green who signed the marriage bond for Asa Wilkins.

The census shows that a Matthew W. Green and his family were white. Matthew is shown to be a 25 year old tarpit laborer, born in North Carolina. The value of his personal estate is listed as $125. In the household with him is 19 year old Caroline Green, born North Carolina. Though the 1860 census does not give relationships of people in the household to one another, I would say that Caroline and Matthew were married. The census also shows the household includes 1 year old Sarah Green, born North Carolina, and 17 year old George Acrey, a tarpit laborer also born North Carolina. Sarah Green would likely be the daughter of Matthew and Caroline. I don’t know if George Acrey was a lodger, or a relative of Matthew’s or of Caroline‘s.

The 1860 census transcription below is from Ancestry.com



1860 United States Federal Census


Page No. 79

SCHEDULE 1.-Free Inhabitants in Mannings Dist- in the County of Nash, State of

N. Carolina enumerated by me, on this 5th day of July 1860. A W Bryant Ass't Marshal.

Post Office: Springhope.


Name, Age, Sex, Color, Occupation, Value of Real Estate, Value of Personal Estate, Place of Birth, Attended School within the year, Person over 20 years of age who cannot read & write

Matthew W Green, 25, Male, Tarpit La, $0, $125, NC
Caroline Green, 19, Female, NC
Sarah Green, 1, Female, NC
George Acrey, 17, Male, Tarpit La, NC

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Mannings, Nash, North Carolina; Roll M653_907; Page: 579;
Image: 83; Family History Library Film: 803907.
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I located the following about George R. “Acrey” in the Nash County, North Carolina Vital Records Abstracts:


Name: Acree, George R.
Birth Date: 1839
Birth Place: Franklin CO., NC
Death Date: Aft 1865
Death Place: Nash CO., NC
Residence: Nash CO.,NC
Other Notes/Race: Co. B, 13th Battalion, Reg., NC
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The above may refer to the George Acrey in the 1860 census living in the household of Matthew W. Green.

The family of Matthew W. Green is enumerated on page 79 of the 1860 census for the Mannings District, Nash County. In going through the census I noticed that on the previous page, page 78, a mulatto teen named John Wilkins is living with the family of James Vincent. John Wilkins is listed as 16 years old and born in North Carolina. No occupation is listed for him. James Vincent is a 58 year old farmer whose real estate is valued at $2,500, and whose personal estate is worth $5,900. He was born in North Carolina. He is shown to be over 21 years of age and unable to read and write.

Also in the household is 78 year old Sarah Vincent, born North Carolina, who is unable to read and write, and Serena Collins, 27 years old, and born in North Carolina. She too cannot read and write. Sarah Vincent may be James’s mother.

The transcription follows:


Page No. 78


SCHEDULE 1.-Free Inhabitants in Manning Dist- in the County of Nash, State of

N.C. enumerated by me, on this 5th day of July 1860. A W Bryant Ass't Marshal.

Post Office: Springhope.


Name, Age, Sex, Color, Occupation, Value of Real Estate, Value of Personal Estate, Place of Birth, Attended School within the year, Person over 20 years of age who cannot read & write

James Vincent, 58, Male, Farmer, $2500, $5,900, NC, Unable to read & write
Sarah Vincent, 78, Female, NC, Unable to read & write
Serena Collins, 27, Female, NC, Unable to read & write
John Wilkins, 16, Male, Mulatto, NC
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The 1860 slave schedules shows that a James W. Vincent, of the Mannings District, Nash County, North Carolina, owns one slave, an 80 year old black female. The enumeration also shows that James Vincent owned 1 slave house.

See below:


1860 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules

Page No. 15

SCHEDULE 2.-Slave Inhabitants in Mannings District in the County of Nash State

of N. Carolina, enumerated by me on 7th day of July, 1860. And W. Bryant Ass’t Marshal


NAME OF SLAVE OWNER, Number of Slaves, Age, Sex, Color, Number of slave houses.

James W. Vincent, 1, 80, Female, Black, 1
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Also on page 15 of the slave schedules is Drewry Batchelor, who owned two slaves. One of these slaves is listed as a 22 year old male, mulatto slave. The other is a 14 year old black, female. I am wondering if Drewry Batchelor is connected to your Batchelors:


NAME OF SLAVE OWNER, Number of Slaves, Age, Sex, Color, Number of slave houses.

Drewry Batchelor, 1, 22, Male, Mulatto
Drewry Batchelor, 1, 14, Female, Black
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Getting back to Matthew Green, I didn’t find any additional information about him or members of his family that connect to Asa Wilkins or Marzilla Holland before the Civil War, in either the 1860 slave schedules, or in a search of the 1850 slave schedules for Nash County, and for North Carolina..

The marriage record from “North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868,” had also shown that another man, named B H Sorsby, had signed the marriage bond. It seems from that record, which doesn’t appear to be transcribed fully, that B H Scorsby was the Nash County clerk.

This is proven in the 1860 census, as B H Sorsby and his family are found living in Nashville, where the 58 year old Sorsby is listed as the “County Court Clerk,” whose real estate holdings are shown to be worth $1,500, and whose personal estate is $2,172. He was born in North Carolina. Also in the household is 34 year old Frances Sorsby, who was probably the wife of B H. The household also includes seven children from the oldest, Lucy, at 15, to the youngest, Kate, at 1 year old. All the children were born in North Carolina. Also in the household are 25 year old farm laborer James Williams and 23 year old Susan Williams, who cannot read or write. They are both from North Carolina:


1860 United States Federal Census


Page No. 164

SCHEDULE 1.-Free Inhabitants in Town of Nashville in the County of Nash, State of

N.C. enumerated by me, on this 27 day of July 1860. J W Bryant Ass't Marshal.

Post Office: Nashville.


Name, Age, Sex, Color, Occupation, Value of Real Estate, Value of Personal Estate, Place of Birth, Attended School within the year, Person over 20 years of age who cannot read & write


B H Sorsby, 39, Male, County Court Clerk, $1500, $2172, NC
Frances Sorsby, 34, Female, NC
Lucy Sorsby, 15, Female, NC
Benjanin H Sorsby, 14, Male, NC
Susan F Sorsby, 12, Female, NC, Attended School within the year
Ellen D Sorsby, 7, Female, NC, Attended School within the year
Saml S Sorsby, 5, Male, NC
Charles B Sorsby, 3, Male, NC
Kate Sorsby, 1, Female, NC
James Williams, 25, Male, Farm La, NC
Susan Williams, 23, Female, NC, Person over 20 years of age who cannot read & write

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Nashville, Nash, North Carolina; Roll M653_907; Page: 664;
Image: 168; Family History Library Film: 803907.
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I also found that B H Sorsby owned one slave, and one slave house in the Ricks District of Nash County. This slave is a 38 year old black, male:


1860 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules

Page No.

SCHEDULE 2.-Slave Inhabitants in Rick’s District in the County of Nash State

of N. Carolina, enumerated by me, on the 27th day of July, 1860. An W. Bryant Ass’t Marshal


NAME OF SLAVE OWNER, Number of Slaves, Age, Sex, Color, Number of slave houses.

B H Sorsby, 1, 38, Male, Black, 1

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The same 1867 marriage record for Asa and Marzilla has shown the couple were married by a G R Marshborn, Justice of the Peace. I next wanted to see if I could find him in the 1860 census. I located him and his family under the name George R. Marshborn living in the Mannings District with a Post Office address of Peachtree Grove. In the census however, his occupation is just farmer. He is not shown to also have been a Justice of the Peace. He is listed as 23 years old, whose real estate holdings were worth $2,500, and whose personal estate was worth $1,425. He was born in North Carolina. In the same dwelling as George, but listed as being in separate lodgings, is 48 year old Louisa Marshborn, who was likely George’s mother. Louisa is shown to be a housekeeper whose real estate value is worth $1,395, and whose personal estate is worth $2,190. She was born in North Carolina and unable to read and write.

Living in the household with George appear to be his four younger siblings, two borders, and a house keeper. The transcription from Ancestry.com is below:


Page No. 96

SCHEDULE 1.-Free Inhabitants in Mannings Dist- in the County of Nash, State of

N.C. enumerated by me, on this 10th day of July 1860. A W Bryant Ass't Marshal.

Post Office: Peachtree Grove


Name, Age, Sex, Color, Occupation, Value of Real Estate, Value of Personal Estate, Place of Birth, Attended School within the year, Person over 20 years of age who cannot read & write

Louisa Marshborn, 48, Female, House Keeper, $1395, $2190, NC, Person over 20 years of age who cannot read & write
George R Marshborn, 23, Farmer, $2500, $1425, NC
Josiah Marshborn, 21, Male, Farm La, $530, $ $2130, NC
Rebecca Marshborn, 18, Female, $536, $2000, NC, Attended School within the year
John R Marshborn, 16, Male, $600, 2400, NC, Attended School within the year
Mary L. Marhsborn, 13, $650, $1900, NC, Attended School within the year
Mary Ann Wilder, 16, Female, NC
Mourning L. Robertson, 19, Female, NC, Attended School within the year
Catabell Abbanathy, 30, Female, House Keeper, NC, Attended School within the year

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Mannings, Nash, North Carolina; Roll M653_907;
Page: 596; Image: 100; Family History Library Film: 803907.
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As mentioned earlier I didn’t find anyone named Wilkins in the 1850 slave schedules who owned slaves in Nash County. But the 1850 census of free inhabitants of Nash County show sixty people by the name of Wilkins who were mostly Mulatto, but some also listed as black. The same enumeration for Nash County does not show any white people by the name of Wilkins who were counted in the census.

An example of a Wilkins family in the 1850 census includes the household of 39 year old farmer John Wilkins, born North Carolina. He is shown to be a mulatto not able to read and write. In his household is 30 year old Sally Wilkins, probably his wife, though, as with the 1860 census, the 1850 enumeration does not give relationships of people in the household to the head of the household. Sally, also a mulatto, was born in North Carolina. The children in the household, all born in North Carolina, and listed as mulatto, are 5 year old Charity; 1 year old Jordan; and a baby named Crawford Wilkins, who wasn’t even 1 year old when the census was enumerated on August 4, 1850. The household also includes a 70 year old black lady named Lucy Wilkins, and 30 year old Lewis Wilkins, both born in North Carolina and both unable to read and write. Lucy may have been John’s mother, and Lewis John’s brother:


SCHEDULE 1.-Free Inhabitants in the County of Nash, State
of North Carolina enumerated by me on the 4 day of August 1850. J M Taylor Ass't Marshal

Name, Age, Sex, Color, Occupation, Value of Real Estate Owned, Place of Birth, Person over 20 years of age who cannot read or write

John Wilkins, 39, Male, Mulatto, Farmer, NC, Person over 20 years of age who cannot read or write
Sally Wilkins, 30, Female, Mulatto, NC
Charity J Wilkins, 5, Female, Mulatto, NC
Matthew J Wilkins, 4, Male, Mulatto, NC
Jordan Wilkins, 1, Male, Mulatto, NC
Crawford Wilkins, 0, Male, Mulatto, NC, Person over 20 years of age who cannot read or write
Lucy Wilkins, 70, Female, Mulatto, NC, Person over 20 years of age who cannot read or write
Lewis Wilkins, 30, Male, Mulatto, Farmer, NC

Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: , Nash, North Carolina; Roll M432_638; Page: 257A; Image: 190.
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Another example of a Wilkins family in the 1850 census is that of 51 year old Jarratt Wilkins. His family, all of whom are listed as mulatto, is enumerated just before the family of John Wilkins. Jarratt Wilkins is shown to be a cooper born in North Carolina. He cannot read or write. In the household with him is 22 year old Susan, born North Carolina, who cannot read or write. The children in the household, all born North Carolina are 2 year old Sallie Ann; 3 year old Polly; and 4 month old Evan:


Name, Age, Sex, Color, Occupation, Value of Real Estate Owned, Place of Birth, Person over 20 years of age who cannot read or write

Jarratt Wilkins, 51, Male, Mulatto, Cooper, NC, Person over 20 years of age who cannot read or write
Susan Wilkins, 22, Female, Mulatto, NC, Person over 20 years of age who cannot read or write
Sallie Ann Wilkins, 2, Female, Mulatto, NC
Polly Wilkins, 3, Female, Mulatto, NC
Evan Wilkins, 4/12, Male, Mulatto, NC
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In going over the 1860 and 1850 census returns for Nash County, I wondered what the circumstances were that allowed the black and mulatto Wilkins families to break out of bondage before slavery ended with the passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution on December 6, 1865.


OTHER RECORDS


A relatively new search engine provided by the Latter Day Saints is the Record Search Pilot, which you can access at the Latter Day website at www.familysearch.org:

From this search engine I found the death index for John M. wilkins, which shows he died in Mannings, Nash County, North Carolina, on 28 July 1849. His birth year is listed as 1885. His parents were “Ase” Wilkins and “Zillie” Wilkins. His full death record can be found on LDS microfilm number 1926759 for North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994. The index follows:


Name: John M. Wilkins
Gender: Male
Burial Date:
Burial Place:
Death Date: 28 Jul 1949
Death Place: Mannings, Nash, North Carolina
Age: 64
Birth Date: 1885
Birthplace:
Occupation:
Race:
Marital Status:
Spouse's Name:
Father's Name: Ase Wilkins
Father's Birthplace:
Mother's Name: Zillie Wilkins
Mother's Birthplace:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I08221-1
System Origin: North Carolina-EASy
Source Film Number: 1926759
Reference Number: cn 31165
Collection: North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994
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I also located what I believe is another death record index for a child of Asa and Marzilla Wilkins at the Record Search Pilot. This is for Georgia Sucranna Predgea. She died at age 38 on 12 March 1925 in Mannings, Nash County, North Carolina. Her birth year is listed as 1887. Her parents were “Ase” Wilkins and “Tillie” Wilkins. Her death record can be found on LDS microfilm number 1893460:


Name: Georgia Sucranna Predgea
Titles & Terms (Original):
Titles & Terms (Standardized):
Death Date: 12 Mar 1925
Death Place: Mannings, Nash, North Carolina
Gender: Female
Race (Original):
Race (Expanded):
Age at Death: 38y
Estimate Birth Year: 1887
Birthdate:
Birthplace:
Marital Status:
Spouse's Name:
Spouse's Titles & Terms (Original):
Spouse's Titles & Terms (Standardized):
Father's Name: Ase Wilkins
Father's Titles & Terms (Original):
Father's Titles & Terms (Standardized):
Father's Place of Birth:
Mother's Name: Tillie Wilkins
Mother's Titles & Terms (Original):
Mother's Titles & Terms (Standardized):
Mother's Place of Birth:
Occupation:
Street Address:
Residence:
Cemetery:
Burial Place:
Burial Dae:
Funeral Home:
Informant:
Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 1893460
Digital Folder Number: 4216520
Image Number: 71
Reference Number: cn 412
Collection: North Carolina Deaths, 1906-1930
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Next, I believe I located a 27 year old William Wilkins in the 1900 census living in Manning, Nash County, North Carolina. This William Wilkins may be the son of Asa and Marzilla. The census shows he is married to 21 year old Nellie. Also in the household is William and Nellie’s daughter, 1 year old Grace.

The census index follows. If you would like a copy of the original 1900 census, please provide your email address and I’ll send the census in a reply email attachment:


1900 United States Federal Census

Name: William Wilkins

Home in 1900: Manning, Nash, North Carolina
Age: 27
Birth Date: Feb 1873
Birthplace: North Carolina
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Relationship to Head of House: Head
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Spouse's name: Nellie
Marriage Year: 1897
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 3

Household Members:

William Wilkins 27
Nellie Wilkins 21
Grace Wilkins 1

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Manning, Nash, North Carolina;
Roll T623_1208; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 61.
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I also found three more people that I believe were the children of Asa and Marzilla Wilkins. The 1900 census shows that 30 year old James Wilkins, and 17 year old John Wilkins are living in Manning, Nash County. John is listed as James’s brother. James’s wife is 22 year old Lela. Their children are 3 year old Mary, 2 year old Rhoda, and 4 month old Ellen. Also in the household is 15 year old Vannah Wilkins, who is listed as James W. Wilkins’s sister.

The census index follows:


1900 United States Federal Census

Name James W. Wilkins
Name: John Wilkins. Relation to head of household: Brother
Name: Vannah: Relation to head of household: Sister
Home in 1900: Manning, Nash, North Carolina
Age: 17
Birth Date: Mar 1883
Birthplace: North Carolina
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Relationship to Head of House: Brother
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Marital Status: Single

Household Members:

James W Wilkins 30
Lela Wilkins 22
Mary Wilkins 3
Rhoda Wilkins 2
Ellen Wilkins 4/12
John Wilkins 17
Vannah Wilkins 15

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Manning, Nash, North Carolina;
Roll T623_1208; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 61.
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SLAVE RECORDS


There is a two volume work concerning slaves in Nash County abstracted by “Timothy W. Rackley. Volume 1 is entitled “Nash County, North Carolina, division of estate slaves, 1829-1861 ,” while volume 2 is called, “Nash County, North Carolina, division of estate slaves & cohabitation record, 1862-1866 .“ Indexes to both volumes can be downloaded in PDF from the North Carolina GenWeb site at:
http://www.ncgenweb.us/nash/african-americans/division-of-slaves-1829-1866/

I searched both volumes for any reference to Asa Wilkins and Marzilla/Marcella Holland, but found no information pertaining to them. However, the LDS have filmed slave records for Nash County on two microfilm reels, covering the years 1781-1864. If you are interested in seeing if you can find Asa Wilkins and Marzilla Holland in these records, you can order the films from your nearest Family History Center.

Information and film numbers follow:



Slave records (Nash County, North Carolina), 1781-1864

Authors North Carolina. Superior Court (Nash County) (Main Author)

Notes: Microfilm of original records at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Includes civil and criminal actions, bills of sale, petitions for patition, and records of hire and bonds.


Slave records, 1796-1848 VAULT US/CAN Film 2435901 Item 2

Slave records, 1850-1863 FHL US/CAN Film 2435900 Item 1

Slave records, 1781-1864 FHL US/CAN Film 2435900 Item 2
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Slave records for Nash County for the years 1796-1848 can be found in microfilm number 2435901 Item 2. Slave records for the years 1850-1863 and 1781-1864 can be found on the same microfilm, number 2435900 Items 1 & 2.

I hope some of this information has been helpful, Anthony.

Best Wishes,

Dave Boylan


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