Bladen County Slave Information:
Joel Jr and Daniel Johnson
early family history takes them across many counties of NC and beyond. They have
surely left their mark here in the Colly and Turnbull communities of Bladen County.
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The Johnson brothers were both land barons and slave
masters of Bladen County NC. Their lands included many acres in the Colly and
Turnbull townships of Bladen County. Daniel and Joel Jr."s son Owen, after his
father's death were very generous about giving vast amounts of land to the African
Americans that were once their slaves.
I am not sure when
or how my ggg grandmother Phyllis Herring and her immediate family became associated
with Joel Johnson Jr's family but I do know that they were not slaves of his in
October of 1856-58. Joel Jr. had a will made in 1856 and amended it in 1858 and
the slaves mentioned in it are as follows.
To son Owen
Johnson, one Negro boy named Elliot? who was 18 years old.
son R W Johnson, one Negro man named Joe who was 25 years old.
son Daniel Johnson, one Negro boy named Peter who was 20 years old.
son Kinion Johnson, one Negro boy named Anthony who was 20 years old.
son Evan Johnson, one Negro boy named Isaac who was 20 years old.
daughter Molcy, two Negro girls, Dilly who was 26 years old and Racheal who was
8 years old.
To daughter Mary J, one Negro woman named Cherry
who was 20 years old and her two children Ester and Sarah plus one other Negro
girl named Martha or Mareta who was 8 years old.
Elizabeth, two Negro girls, one named Telah who was 14 years old and the other
named Julia who was 6 years old.
To daughter Helen, two Negro
girls who were both 9 years old and named Arey? and Chancey?
grandsons Robert and Joel P Harvey, one Negro boy named Josiah who was 7 years
To grand daughter Mary Elizabeth Harvey, one Negro girl
named Mary who was 2 years old
In 1858 he also stated that Owen
was to receive a Negro boy named Irvin.