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Slave Narrative of Jane Arrington

Interviewer: T. Pat Matthews Person Interviewed: Jane Arrington Location: 301 Fowle Street, Raleigh, North Carolina Date of Birth: December 18, 1852 Age: 84 I ort to be able to tell sumpin cause I wus twelve years old when dey had de surrender right up here in Raleigh. If I live to see dis coming December I will be eighty five years old. I was born on the 18th of December 1852. I belonged to Jackson May of Nash County. I wus born on de plantation near Tar River. Jackson May never married until I wus of a great big girl. He owned a lot of slaves; dere were eighty on de plantation before de surrender. He married Miss Becky Wilder, sister of Sam Wilder. De Wilders lived on a jining plantation to where I wus borned. Jackson May had so many niggers he let Billy Williams who had a plantation nearby have part of ’em. Marster Jackson he raised my father and bought my mother. My mother wus named Louisa May, and my father wus named Louis May. My mother had six chilluns, four boys and two girls. The boys were Richard, Farro, Caeser, and Fenner. De girls Rose and Jane. Jane, dats me. We lived in log houses with stick an’ dirt chimleys. They called ’em the slave houses. We had chicken feather beds to sleep on an’ de houses wus good warm comfortable log houses. We had plenty of cover an’ feather pillows. My grandmother on my mother’s side told me a lot of stories ’bout haints and how people run from ’em. Dey told me ’bout...

Lenore Bruce Arrington

Private, 28th Co., 20th Div., Engineers, Forest Reg. Son of T. P. and Artie Arrington, of Jackson County. Husband of Mrs. Bell Arrington. Entered service Feb. 5, 1918, at Canton, N.C. Sent to American University at Washington, D. C. Sailed for France May 8, 1918. Returned to USA July 4, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., July 17,...

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