Ben: Petition, Shenandoah County
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Woodstock Dec 28th 1836
I hereby certify that I was once the joint owner of Negro Ben; that with a view to his manumission I released all my right, title & interest in Ben, to my younger Brother John Dirting; with whom said Ben resided until Dec 31st 1833 when he was sold to Michael Barr by whom he was emancipated as per deed of emancipation acknowledged in open court July 11th 1836 & ordered to be recorded. I further certify that I have known Ben from a child- that he has always been honest, industrious, economical & temperate & sustains the character of a good & peaceable citizen. I further certify that I believe a law to sanction his remaining within the state, would meet the individual approbation of all the city and of the county of Shenandoah, who know him well & particularly those of the town of Woodstock. "[illegible]" Dirting