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Johnson, Cato: Petition, Lynchburg

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held in servitude under the will of aforesaid, and do hereby as far as I have power and the laws of the State of Virginia will permit, emancipate and set free the said Cato from all manner of service whatsoever, and I do hereby covenant for myself my heirs &c: to and with the said the said William B Lynch, James Bullock, John Miller and Joseph Echols, that neither I nor any person claiming by, Through or under me, shall claim or have any right to claim any service from from the said Cato, but that he henceforth be free in like manner as of the said 23rd day of November 1826. had already arrived. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 31st day of January 1822. O Towles Senr (Seal) Teste Hobson Johns Thos G Fowler

At a Court of Hustings held for the corporation of Lynchburg at the Court House on Monday the 4th day of March 1822. This deed of emancipation from Oliver Towles to Cato was proved in open Court by the oaths of Thomas G. Fowler and Hobson Johns and ordered to be recorded[.] Teste W W Nowell Clk A Copy Teste W W Nowell Clk