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Slaves of Henry Lee

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Date: [unknown] [unknown]
Location: Bertie County, North Carolina, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: Slavery USBH
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The purpose of this space is to try and record and identify enslaved people held by Henry Lee 1806-1855 in Bertie County, North Carolina. Henry had a plantation referred to in his will as Green Pond tract. There are both identified and unidentified persons.


Enslaved Named in Will of Henry Lee Jr

In his will, signed November 13, 1855, with probate in May Term 1856[1], Henry named the following enslaved persons in his will, including sums of money bequesthed to them.Transcription of Will

Mary Eliza Lee
Martha Ann Lee
Joshua Lee
Jack Lee
Patience Lee
Patsy Lee
Caroline Lee

In Inventory taken in 1856 by executors William H Lee and Joseph B Lee, additional enslaved people were named (in addition to those specifically called out in his will)

Tom Lee
Fanny Lee
Emeline Lee
Ephraim Lee
Lewis Lee
Norfleet (?)
Bryant Lee
Annis Lee
Mina Lee

1840 Census

5 enslaved people in Bertie County[2]
Males - 10 thru 23: 2
Males - 24 thru 35: 1
Males - 55 thru 99: 1
Females - 10 thru 23: 1

1850 Census / Slave Schedule

17 enslaved people in Bertie County[3]
Male 65
Female 53
Male 36
Female 26
Female 30
Male 26
Female 21
Male 19
Female 17
Female 14
Male 8
Female 7
Male 5
Male 1
likely Tom Lee Female 7
Female 6
Female 3


  1. Probate: "North Carolina, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998"
    Bertie County Wills, 1761-1942; Index, 1761-1961; Author: North Carolina. Superior Court (Bertie County); Probate Place: Bertie, North Carolina
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 9061 #2161059 (accessed 24 December 2021)
    Henry Lee probate on 13 Nov 1855.
  2. 1840 Census: "1840 United States Federal Census"
    Year: 1840; Census Place: Bertie, North Carolina; Roll: 354; Page: 136; Family History Library Film: 0018092
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 8057 #2531172 (accessed 23 December 2021)
    Henry Lee.
  3. 1850 Census: "1850 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules"
    The National Archive in Washington DC; Washington, DC; NARA Microform Publication: M432; Title: Seventh Census Of The United States, 1850; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census; Record Group Number: 29
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 8055 #91451672 (accessed 23 December 2021)
    Henry Lee in Bertie, North Carolina, USA.
  • Estate Administration: "North Carolina, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998"
    Wills and Estate Papers (Bertie County), 1663-1978; Author: North Carolina. Division of Archives and History (Raleigh, North Carolina); Probate Place: Bertie, North Carolina
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 9061 #182746 (accessed 24 December 2021)
    Henry Lee Admin Papers Note: packet contains papers for both Henry Lee (died 1856) and his father Henry Lee (died 1823)

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