Depp, Abraham: Petition, Powhatan County
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It is my desir[e] that at the de[a]th of my presant wife and at my one de[a]th that all the negros hirafter [hereafter] menshuned [mentioned] shal[l] be free [Susesinder?] was born March the eat [eight?] day One thousen seven and eigh ttey eat . Abraham was born Jennuary the six day One thousen seven and nintey one. Sauls was born March the forth day One thousen seven hundred and ninety three. Steeven was May the thirty day One thousen seven hundred and ninety five. Easter was born December the first day One thous[and] seven hunderdered [hundred] and nintey seven. Delila was born March the eat [eight] day Eightteen hundred. all the negros that ever shall arise from from this famyly shall all be free [if? of?] negroes. March the first day eightteen hundred and One. John Depp (Seal) Elisha Maxey Peter Pollock
At a Court held for Powhatan County the Eighteenth day of March One thousand eight hundred and One. This Deed of emancipation from John Depp to certain negro slaves was presented in Court and acknowledged by the said Depp and thereupon Ordered to be recorded. Teste Abner Crump C.P.C A Copy Teste R. F. Graves DC May 17 1831