Monday, October 23, 2017

Thomas Day, Jr., Killing

The Asheville Weekly Citizen (Asheville, North Carolina), 19 April 1882, Wednesday, Page 1: Report of the Committee on Manufactures to the Asheville Board of Trade at the First Quarterly Meeting of the Board, April 10th 1882.

Day Jno, c, cabinetmaker A F F
Day Thos, c, A F F, res 112 Pearson ave
Day S J Mrs, c, res 112 Pearson ave
Day Berta, c, res 112 Pearson ave
Day Jno, c, carp, res, extension of Atkin
Day Sallie Mrs, c, res extension of Atkin
Day Thos, c. res extension of Atkin
Day Robt, c, res extension of Atkin

c = colored
A F F = Asheville Furniture Factory
carp = carpenter
res = residence

Source: Asheville City Directory, 1887 (Southern Directory Co.)

The 1880 US census shows that Aquilla Wilson Day was around 75 years old when living in Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, with her son, Thomas Day, Jr. But, the 1887 Asheville City Directory does not list her. Did she die between the enumeration of the 1880 census and the record gathering for the 1887 Asheville City Directory? That she did so die would be a reasonable assumption for one of that age. If she died in Asheville, where is she buried? Riverside Cemetery in Asheville does indeed have a large African-American section. Perhaps not all those buried there have been documented. And, not all graves are marked. However, Riverside Cemetery is not the only possible burial site.

Paddy Rollers

Paddy Rollers

During the April 1822 session of the Caswell County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, the justices enacted the following:

Patrollers appointed for 1822: Richmond Dist. John Thompson, John Long, John Kitchen, John Adams, Abraham Wright, James Whitlow; Gloucester Dist. Jerre Crisp, Paul Terrel; Caswell Dist. Joseph Cobb, John Cobb, John Nunnally, William Ray; St. David's Dist. Thomas Givson, Elisha Paschal, William Moore, Nicholas Willis, Joseph Carter, Jr. and Thomas Penick.

Slave patrols called patrollers, patterrollers, pattyrollers or paddy rollers, by the slaves, were organized groups of white men who monitored and enforced discipline upon black slaves in the antebellum U.S. southern states. The slave patrols' function was to police slaves, especially runaways and defiant slaves.

See: Slave Patrols