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Ben: Petition, Shenandoah County

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Know all men by these presents that I Michael Barr of the county of Shenandoah and State of Virginia from motives of benevolence and humanity for the further consideration of two hundred dollars to me in hand paid by Ben a certain Negro Slave purchased of John Dirting the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, have manumitted emancipated & set free & hereby do manumit emancipate & set free my Negro Slave Ben. And I do hereby entirely & fully discharge him from the performance of any contract entered into during servitude & design that he is to enjoy full & entire freedom. And to this end I do hereby give grant & release unto the said Ben all my right title & claim of, in & to his person, labor & services of, in and to the Estate & property which he now has acquired or which he may hereafter acquire and obtain. And for myself my Executors &c will warrant & defend forever by these presents. In witness where of I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 31st day of December 1833. Michael his X mark Barr seal At a Court held for the County of Shenandoah on Monday the 11 day of July 1836. This Deed of Emancipation was acknowledged & ordered to be recorded. Teste Williams, C.S.C. A Copy Teste Williams, C.S.C.