Possible Slave Owners – Hinton

O.k. So, this morning, I’m following my friend’s advice and getting active on message boards.  I’m also, transcribing my horrible interview notes from my May 2009 interview with my 85 year old cousin on my Banks side of the family.  Lately, I’ve been so busy with work, that I haven’t even had a chance to think about genealogy let alone look anything up.  But, this morning, I was feeling productive. 

So, I pulled out the notes and remembered that she (85 yr old cousin) gave me the name of possible slave owners of my Banks line.  HINTON.  She said that’s what her father told her.  Her father being the brother of my 2nd great grandmother and the son of Caleb Banks.  So, she’s a 1st hand source. An amazing 1st hand source I should add. 

So, here I am on Ancestry.com remembering all the things I looked at before.  Such as on the 1870 census, living with Caleb Banks and his family, was a Matilda HINTON age 20.  She’s a black woman listed as a laborer.  I saw this before, but wasn’t sure what to make of it. 

Another thing that I mentally filed away, was the fact that a few of the death certificates for my family stated the Hinton Burial Ground.  Now, maybe there’s an answer.  Maybe the reason why it statest he Hinton Burial Ground on death certificates is due to the Hintons were the slave owner.  Maybe these slave owners designated a portion of their property to bury slaves. 

Also, 2 houses down, there is a George W. HINTON.  Going to the 1860 Slave Schedules, George HINTON owned 10 slaves, ranging in age from 4 to 45.  However, none of these ages match Caleb Banks or anyone else in his household…exactly.  But, we all know that the age of an ancestor gets changed over time.  So, I can’t exclude him as a possible slave owner for this reason.  Now, I have to research George Hinton to see what I can find. 

Two houses down from George Hinton on the 1870 census, there is an E.L. Hinton.  E.L. Hinton owned 26 slaves.  As a matter of fact, various HINTONS owned a total of 73 slaves in Pasquotank county in 1860.  So, it appears that I need to concentrate my research on the Hintons in NC.

The backtracking begins….

Another thing I have to do is find out how my ancestor, Caleb Banks, came to own the 39 acres of land above.  Upon his death, the land was divided among his children.  I wasn’t able to find a record of sale to Caleb Banks in the Pasquotank Register of Deeds office.  However, I was told that there should be one howing his ownership.

11 Replies to “Possible Slave Owners – Hinton”

  1. Good stuff! Stay on the trail. I didnt realize you were in Jacksonville–my dad was born there & I was there in January researching. But–I wanted to say if Caleb inherited the land by will or probate there wouldnt be a deed (just a thought). Continued luck to you!

  2. Thanks! I plan another week trip in the spring. I can’t do cold weather. That’s the Floridian in me.

    Next time you’re in town, we’ll have to have lunch!

  3. Since you, along with Luckie, are the two that got me interested in this whole blogging thing, I’ve been missing you not posting as much but I understand.

    Interesting and good work finding the cemetery.

    I’m clear on the other side of the state but whenever you head this to NC, let me know and maybe we can meet.

  4. Looks like you’ve got some pretty strong evidence pointing to the Hintons as possible slave holders of your ancestors. I wish you continued luck in your search.

  5. I have copies of several old wills of the Hintons of NC, as I am a descendant of them. I can check for any slaves names Caleb Banks within them.

    Also, a Charles Lewis Hinton ( a distant cousin of mine) had a child with one of his slaves, a cook (name not known to me). He still has living descendants bearing the Hinton name (somewhere up North). That may be the family Matilda Hinton.

    I will try to dig up more info on them if you think that it is helpful.

    –Chris Rice ([email protected])

  6. Wow, these are great new leads! Funny how evidence sometimes doesn’t make sense until much later in the research process. Good thing you kept notes.

    Congratulations! I hope this leads to new information. :0)


  7. Your records are very much attention-grabbing. You have depicted the it wonderfully. I personnally feel that we need to dig up the roots our ancestory for our own sake. The benefit is manifold. You are on right track. I definitely implore to the Almighty that He blesses you and your family.

  8. Interesting… During my recent research I have run across several Hinton’s while investigating my family history. I have run across a Charles Hinton Silver who was born Dec. 3, 1793 and married Betty Winston Wales. Wedding was Dec.18 no year. Charles died June 29, 1835 there is some reference to Midway Plantation. Several entries are made of my family sir names Wood and Craver were at the wedding and funeral. Also hosted the reception. Wedding perhaps in Edenton
    Chapel Hill periodical. Yes white landowners designated land on their properties for African American burial grounds. I have found two cemetaris 1 white for my family name Craver and 1 Black. I will email you if I run across more info, my email is [email protected]

  9. My grandmother’s father was named Frank Hinton. He served as a Baptist minister in Waxahachie, Tx. from about 1900 to 1927. He was from Marks Creek Township, Wake County, North Carolina, but moved to Texas with his wife’s family around 1890. I have accurate census records on this. You might be a cousin.

    P. Higgins

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