The family of African-Ancestored Lazarus, age 40, and Gracey McArn, age 35, was enumerated in 1870 in Laurel Hill Township, Richmond County, North Carolina, Dwelling Number 138. Dwelling Number 136 is occupied by Hugh McArn, White male age 50.
A Hugh McArn is enumerated in the 1860 Stewartsville District, North Carolina, Slave Schedule as slaveholder of 18 slaves. There is a Black male, age 30, and a Black female, age 24, enumerated among the slaves, corresponding to the ages of Lazarus and Gracey above.
It is my hypothesis that after emancipation, Lazarus kept the McArn surname, and worked as a sharecropper on the property of Hugh McArn. Several of the children of Lazarus and Grace may have retained the McArn surname, married and had children. Others later changed their surname to McKay and then McCoy. In order to locate their descendants, are their documents in the McArn family that may enumerate the given names of their former slaves?