shores of Plymouth safe, where she met the loving
embrace of her husband who for months had been
separated from her.
Roanoke Island was soon after made the head¬
quarters for all fugitives from slavery, and thither
Daniel carried his wife and children, and there re¬
mained until the war closed. After the close of the
war Daniel found himself free and independent of
fear from slavery's chain, and fully realizing his re¬
sponsibility as a husband and father, began to look
around for the best means of providing fo* his loved
To return to the place where he was once a slave
was more than his manly courage could submit to.
He felt that freedom would be better enjoyed by
himself and family, and he could better provide for
the education of his children, among strangers than
among their former masters; therefore, he left Roan¬
oke and moving much farther eastward took up his
abode in Perquimans County, which was quite dis¬
tant from Bertie, his native county- Here he settled
down to the stern realities of life, and applied him¬
self to hard and diligent toil for the support of his
family. Daniel was a very aged man, and, having
passed through many of the hardships of slavery,
soon failed physically, and in him was fulfilled the
injunction that "Man is once a man and twice a
child." Consequently he was able to do little else
than lay plans to be carried into effect by his dili¬
gent wife and children.
His wife, Nancy, was a seamstress and weaver.
She, with the girls, were busily engaged in spinning,