I have so, so many questions about this little blurb from the 1 April 1890 edition of the Raleigh State Chronicle.
Number one: were these men the David, Robert Jr., and Joseph Aldridge, born 1858, 1866 and 1869, who were the younger sons of Robert and Mary Eliza Balkcum Aldridge? (One and a half: if not, who were they?)
Two: Croatan Indians? (This is the name by which today’s Coharie Indians were known at the end of the nineteenth century.) The Aldridges?
Three: Voodooism?!?!! (For that matter, tramping and vagrancy? What were these Wayne County farmers doing in Wake County?)
Four: Can I find out what happened? I’ll need to get into Wake Superior Court records at the North Carolina State Archives.