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Re: Molly Horniblow & Harriet Jacobs
Posted by: Linda (Noland) Layman (ID *****8388) Date: May 04, 2006 at 16:35:19
In Reply to: Molly Horniblow & Harriet Jacobs by Judy Gilleland Rasheed of 4

I am not researching these families, just entering information from the April, 2006 issue of "Carolina Trees & Branches," a publication of the Family Research Society of NorthEastern North Carolina:

"African-American Cemetery in Edenton -....The burial history of Edenton's black citizens is sketchy. The records of St. Paul's note that their slave members were either buried on the home plantations or in the Providence or Copse cemeteries. Local oral tradition about the site of the larger Providence Cemetery on an overgrown half acre of high ground overlooking Filberts Creek near the intersection of Albermarle and Mosley Streets was, in March 2000, determined to be accurate. Headstones have only survived on two of the graves: children of a free black recorded in the 1820 census."

"Records show that also buried there is Molly Horniblow, a free black who ran a bakery and tearoom on West King Street and was the mother of the famous autobiographer Harriet Jacobs. The Copse Cemetery is believed to have been situated on Collins property in the vicinity of the Collins ropewalk, an area near the Edenton Cotton Mill."

There were no other mentions of these women in the index.


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