Below is an interesting story from the 1972 book, Portsmouth Island, Short Stories and History, by Ben B. Salter. It is a story that was told often by the old folks of Portsmouth and Ocracoke.
"Mr. Sam Tolson was born on Portsmouth island, N.C. November 7th, 1840.... He traveled a little up and down the coast by boat. Once he was in Elizabeth City, N.C. in the year 1865 where he was arrested for [the] assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. He was so much like the description of Wilkes Booth, he wore the same size hat and shoes, same size in stature. It took folks on Portsmouth a long time to convince the officers that Uncle Sam was not Wilkes Booth."
Ben Salter ends his story the same way I've always heard it: "Uncle Sam, as the folks on Portsmouth always called him, never went to Elizabeth City again."
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of slavery on Ocracoke Island. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092111.htm.