weaving and sewing; while the two boys, Joseph
and Charley, with the advice and assistance of their
father, were diligent in the pursuit of farming.
Charles, although the younger of the boys, soon"
showed the greater prudence and foresight, and in a
short time we see him taking the entire oversight
in making provision for the whole family Among
the girls the most brilliant seems to have been
Huldah Ann, who during five years schooling on
the island had acquired sufficient education to be¬
come a sehool-teacher. She obtained a position in
the public schools and was thus enabled to render
considerable assistance in the support of the family.
She was the first colored school-teacher in North
Carolina, and much credit is due her for being the
pioneer for colored teachers in the South: for a col¬
ored teacher was then a marvel in the eyes of the
About this time Joseph went North, and left the
bulk of the financial responsibility of the family
upon Charles, who was then about fourteen years
After Joseph's departure Charles was very deeply
concerned as to the best course to pursue so as to
enable himself to make better provision for the
family. After consulting with his brother-in-law he
decided to go with him into the business of farming.
Having neither land, nor facilities for farming, they
rented a farm for which they received one year's
rent free to put it in cultivation, and secured a yoke
of oxen on condition to use them free for two years,
to break them to the yoke.