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Genealogy 1780 - 2014
Though there may be some disputes as to the validity of the information, it still remains the only valid documents on that has been recorded in Census Records, Court Documents, Wills, County Registers, etc. over the last 200 plus years
For all that we know of, our family record and creation began with a slave named Lewis who was born around 1780 in Bladen County North Carolina. With what information that we have available, his journey began as follows.
The above was the first entry that I was able to find on Lewis Wiggs. One of the witnesses to this sale was Abner Wiggs who lived in Wayne County where our family originated.
Do not know when, but Lewis was eventually sold to a John Wiggs Sr. No other information could be found between 1810 and 1828. In an 1828 draft and the final in 1830, a John Wiggs of Wayne County listed Lewis Wiggs as a slave in his Last Will & Testament. See below as it was written, to include spelling at that time.
Wayne County, NC - Will of John Wiggs, 1830
In the name of God Amen, I, John Wiggs Sen of the County of Wayne and State of North Carolina being vary sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory And calling unto mind the mortality of my body knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Die Do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following viz-------
And after the death or expiration of my wifes widowhood My Will is that all of the property I left to her should be equally divided between my five children before named provided that at the above expiration of my wifes claim to my property my daugter Charlotty should be considered to be unable as she now is to work sufficiently to percure her own living then and in that case of her inability My Will is that she should be allowed her needful support out of my Land and Negro
Lastly I nominate and appoint my Beloved wife Cherry Wiggs and my Trusty friend Aaron Lancaster my whole and sole Executrix and Executor to this my last will and testament in witness wherof I do Thereunto set my hand and seal July Twenty first day one Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty
(His Mark) John Wiggs
In presence of Us
Attachment A is the 1850 Slave Schedule for Wayne County N.C. This schedule shows a 54 year old black male as the property of Cherry Wiggs. Though Lewis was bequeath to John Wiggs Jr. the son of John Wiggs Sr. in the above will, it was also stated that Lewis was to be loaned to Cherry Wiggs. This 1850 Slave Schedule lends credibility to the above will of John Wiggs Sr.
Also noted on the 1850 Slave Schedule is a 34 year old black male as the property of John Sr. and Cherry Wiggs' son, Henry Wiggs. It is a very strong possibility that this person is Edwin Wiggs.
Attachment B is the 1860 Slave Schedule for Wayne County N.C. The left hand column list Henry Wiggs as the owner of a 47 year old black male. Because the actual age of a person was repeatedly mistaken at that time, this too leads to a strong possibility of this person being Edwin Wiggs. In the right hand column, John Wiggs Jr. is listed as being the owner of a 79 year old black male no doubt, Lewis at that time.
There is no other documentation of either Lewis or Edwin Wiggs in Wayne County N.C. until the 1870 Census, Attachments C and Attachment D. On page 19, Edwin Wiggs and family are listed. Edwin is listed as being 54 years old at that time. This would coincide with the age of the individual belonging to Henry Wiggs in Attachment A, the 1850 Slave Schedule. Two pages later, on page 21, Lewis Wiggs is mentioned living by himself. He was list as being 90 years old at that time which coincides with the person belonging to John Wiggs Jr. in Attachment B, the 1860 Slave Schedule.
Why Lewis and Edwin are not living together at that time may remain a mystery for all time. With Lewis belonging to John Wiggs before and during the Civil War and Edwin belonging to Henry Wiggs during this same time period, the two may not have known the relationship they actually had.