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Brown, John: Petition, Prince William County

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Prince William County Court June 7th 1802 It appearing to the Court that a certain negro man who calls himself John Butler was some months ago committed to the Jail of this County as a runaway and is now in a bad state of health. It is therefore ordered that the Sheriff hire him out for three month to the highest bidder to Morrow [tomorrow] at twelve oclock. A Copy Teste J Williams [illegible]

Prince William County Court Sept 10th 1802. Ordered that the Sheriff hire out John Butler a negro who is in custody charged as a runaway to the highest bidder for one month. A Copy Teste J Williams [illegible]

Prince William County Court Oct 5th 1802. Ordered that the Sheriff hire out the negro who was committed to the Goal of this County as a runaway by the name of John Butler for one month. A Copy Teste J Williams [illegible]

Prince William County Court Nov 3d 1802. A Certificate respecting the manumission of Negro John Butler alias Primus Butler under the hand of Thomas Hobbs and Noah Hobbs was presented to the Court and Uriah Dunaway a witness to the same made oath that he saw the said Noah & Thomas sign the said certificate and that Ephraim Hobbs son of the said Noah Hobbs also signed the said certificate as a witness in his presence[.] It is therefore ordered that the said Certificate be recorded and the said John alias Primus be discharged from the custody of the sheriff, the said Primus having been committed to the custody of the said Sheriff as a runaway. A Copy Teste J Williams [illegible]