Gwen,I can tell you what little I know at this point.As I've already mentioned Romeo was the carriage driver for many of the Lenoirs.There are many letters where someone (Walter Waightstill Lenoir, Thomas Isaac Lenoir or others) would write and say - please send Romeo to bring me to the Fort.Anyway I've found a memorandum written by Gen. Lenoir here in 1836 about several slaves sold by he and his son Thomas from 1831-1836.It notes that the following slaves were not sold but were at one time or another during 1835-1836 moved from the Haywood County farm to Fort Defiance:Henry, Turner, Romeo, Elias, Lason, George, Isaiah, Fanny & Betsy.Also in Echoes of Happy Valley is a copy of Waightstill Avery's will which unfortunately omits the slaves names.Waightstill's will is here, dated Feb. 20,1819.It states that he leaves to his son-in-law Thomas Lenoir (he had also willed seperate sections of his Haywood County farm to both Thomas and his daughter Selina consisting of 2,560 acres) the following slaves(I have this as close to right as I can read it as the handwriting is very small and my eyes aren't young): Larch and her five children - Lige, Ester, Harvey, Mose and Uriah.He had previously given to his daughter Selina seven slaves but does not list them here. I'm still looking and trying to summarize what I find for you but it may take some time - please allow me your patience.Several of Thomas Isaac Lenoir's letters to his father Thomas after Thomas moved back to Fort Defiance in 1823 dealt almost exclusively with the slaves at the Haywood farm and T.I.L.'s difficulty dealing with them.He didn't consider himself a good slave owner.
On another note - are you not the lady who spoke with Becky Phillips at the Fort about having a family reunion of the descendants of the Lenoir slaves?I'm just going to throw this out there but we've been talking about having a Lenoir family reunion at the Fort sometime in the next few years or so - wouldn't it be interesting to combine these reunions. What a learning experience it could be for everyone. Ike