Suggested Readings

Suggested Readings


Slaves in the Family

Edward Ball (1999)

New York, NY: Random House Publishing Company

Excellent genealogical resource for any Ball descendents with South Carolinian roots. Author is a Caucasian male who traced his own family history while also taking effort to trace the slaves that his family owned to present day lineage.

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 years 

Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth (1993)

Thorndike, Maine: G.K. Hall and Company

Chronicles the life and times of two sisters, Bessie and Sadie Delany,  who were raised in Raleigh, North Carolina at Saint Augustine's College.  Both having lived up to 100 years were phenomenal women and two very classy ladies. Their father was the first elected Black Episcopal bishop and was born a slave.  Both ladies finished Columbia University and later became professionals; Bessie was the second licensed Black dentist in the State of New York and Sadie earned a Master's Degree in Education.

The Free Negro in North Carolina: 1790-1860

John Hope Franklin (1995)

Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press

Source has information on basic slave history and living conditions that focuses on the State of North Carolina. Briefly covers information on Black slave-owners in some counties and is an overall great source for background information on slavery.

Free Negro Heads of Families in 1830 

John Hope Franklin 

Documents free slaves in several states.

Runaway Slaves: Rebels on the Plantation 

John Hope Franklin (1999)

New York: Oxford University Press

Franklin captures the history and living life as a runaway slave from a scholarly perspective.

The Descendents of Benjamin Spaulding...

Louis Mitchell, PhD. & John A. Spaulding

North Carolina

Book provides detailed coverage of the descendents of Benjamin Spaulding of Columbus County, a very prominent North Carolina family. Contains rich historical information and comprehensive coverage of slavery and the origin of the Spaulding family in America.

NC Freedmen's Savings & Trust Company Records

Beverly Tetterton, Editor & Bill Reaves, abstractor

The North Carolina Genealogical Society, Raleigh,NC.

Book contains abstracted transcribed freedmens records of various counties in North Carolina.

Somebody Knows My Name: Marriages of Freed People In North Carolina County By County...Published in Three Volumes...Volume I, includes Columbus County.

Barnetta McGhee White, PhD.

Iberian Publishing Company, Athens, GA.

Excellent compilation of free slaves in North Carolina compiled by Barnetta McGhee-White, PhD. It lists males and females, entire name and date. Each county is listed separately and bounded in 3 volumes. This book has allowed me to find a possible link to our family.




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