These families were classified at the time as "mulattos," a term with several different meanings at that time.
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However the term was also used to describe any non-white individuals.
This included full-blooded Native Americans not living within a confined reservation, and mixed-race persons of Native American-European individuals.
Colonial Welsh timber survey parties of the same areas also reported "No Hostile Indians, in fact No Indians to be found at all".
In 1754, colonial authorities organized the territory: everything north of the Lumber River was made part of Bladen County and everything south of the Lumber River a part of Anson County.
They participate at the state level in many ways, including in the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs.