Appendix I. Baseborn children in Sampson County carrying possible Lumbee names,* 1785 - 1798

From: Britt, Morris F. Appendices to Implosion: A history of the Lumbee Indians of Robeson County, North Carolina. Unpublished book-length manuscript.

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NameDateOther notes
Brewer, Ann1785Jesse Rackley reputed father
Bell, Mary1786Refused to identify the father
Reynolds, Mary1786John Boykin reputed father
Hardin, Lucy1787Refused to identify the father
Reynolds, Mary1788John Boykin reputed father
Runnels, Delilah1789Archibald Carraway reputed father
Hatcher, Ann1790Shadrack Warwick reputed father
Hatcher, Obedience1790Refused to identify the father
Elkins, Charity1791Refused to identify the father
Dees, Chloe1791Tully Porter reputed father
Stricklin, Rhody1793James Hutson reputed father
Stricklin, Ferebe (with daughter Anna)1796Jacob Lockerman reported father
Brooks, Mary1798William Pope reported father
Holmes, Mary1801Joseph Mainer reported father. Ordered to pay Robert Wallace for keeping her while in child labour
Strickland, Sarah1801Bat Lee reported father. Ordered to pay Thomas Strickland 4 pounds for taking care of her in labour
Hatcher, Sarah1802Thorough Hall reported father
Goodman, Nancy1803Jesse Strickland reputed father
Jenkins, Mary1806Peter Smith reputed father
Bell, Matilda1810Felix Bell reputed father, security Robert Bell. Jr.

*The "Bastard" children carying ten or more different family names cited in the court records should remind us of the saying that there are no bastard children, only bastard parents! Notice that about a quarter of the women, even when faced with the authority of the Justices of the Peace, refused to identify the fathers of their children and had to induce other relatives, such as a father or brother, to post the 100 pounds bond required by law for the care of the child. Most often the reputed father had two males to put up the required bond so that the parish [county] would not be held financially liable for the care of the child. Perhaps most striking is the fact that only about three Lumbee names were reported as fathers. A great many appear to have been White. Sampson County marriage bonds may show that Lumbee mothers most often married Lumbee men when they were pregnant. There is one marriage contract filed in court minutes dated 11 Nov. 1801 for the marriage of Henry Jones to Mary Bell as proved by Richard Johnson.

Taken from: Bizzell, Oscar M., and Virginia L.Bizzell, eds. A Portrait of Eighteenth Century Sampson County as revealed by Sampson County Court Minutes, 1784-1800Clinton, NC: Sampson County Historical Society, 1987.