Mitchell County, North Carolina
Women's Free Trader Documents
1884-1905


     Married women formerly were not permitted to buy and sell property or enter into contracts without the consent of their husbands. However, some women registered as "free traders" and secured the right to control their own affairs.


Woman's Name Name of Husband Type of Document
Date
Notes
Buchanan, Ida John A. Buchanan Registration
28 June 1902
With the consent of her husband.
(NC State Archives: Mitchell County Misc. Records.)
Gouge, Pheba Leonard Gouge Registration
5 April 1886
With the consent of her husband.
(Mitchell County Register of Deeds.)
Greer, Elizabeth W. H. Greer Registration
17 July 1896
With the consent of her husband.
(NC State Archives: Mitchell County Misc. Records.)
Houston, Jane John Houston Registration
3 April 1905
With the consent of her husband.
(NC State Archives: Mitchell County Misc. Records.)
Lowry, Susan Augustus Lowry Petition
25 February 1884
"Susan Lowry, represents to this Honorable Court, that she owns property in this County, and should have the right to control the same for the benefit of herself and her two children. ...Augustus Lowry, her husband has abandoned her, without adequate Support and has been absent for a great many years without ever having written or contributing anything to the Support of his family."
(NC State Archives: Mitchell County Misc. Records.)
Storie, Eliza Jane J. G. Storie Registration
24 August 1899
With the consent of her husband.
(NC State Archives: Mitchell County Misc. Records.)



Data has been taken from the original documents on file with the Mitchell County Register of Deeds or the North Carolina State Archives. Researchers should allow for the possibility of error in transcribing this information, and should always consult the original records. Please notify the Mitchell County Coordinator of any errors on this page.



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This page last updated July 21, 2007.