Gwen, I will look for these names.When Gen. William Lenoir's son Thomas moved back to Fort Defiance in 1823 from the Haywood County farm he and the Gen. actually wrote up a formal partnership agreement on managing the farm.It lists all of the slaves that will belong to the Gen. or Thomas or "Partnership slaves".Also it seems that nearly every letter I've looked at from Thomas Isaac (Gen's grandson who stayed at the Haywood farm) or his brother Walter Waightstill Lenoir have references to the health of or a story about specific slaves, etc.I'll look closer for you.
Romeo (if it's the same) was with the Lenoir family for generations.I believe he was originally purchased by Gen William Lenoir (d. 1839) but was still around when the Gen's grandson Rufus Theodore Lenoir lived at Fort Defiance during Civil War times.Romeo was the carriage driver.I have read one letter which I'll dig out for you about a terrible carriage wreck while Romeo was driving Rufus' wife Sarah and two small children back to the Fort from Lenoir.They wrecked in the Yadkin River just above the Fort near the home of Samuel Patterson - Palmyra (present day Patterson School)when the horses broke free from the carriage.Two of the Patterson sons were working in the field and came to their rescue.Everyone was hurt or scared pretty well.
Believe it or not Becky Phillips, the Executive Director at the Fort, told me of your and your Mom's visit.She was very impressed.She has always been interested in learning more about the slaves and where they're buried, etc. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour, maybe we'll meet there sometime as I'm usually there giving tours at special events.I'll be in touch. Ike