Daniel : Deed of Manumission, Accomack County
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To all people before whom these presents shall come Greeting know ye That I Thomas Bagwell of Accomack County in Virginia haveing weighed in the Scale of Justice, the condition of Slavery am sensibly convinced that it is unwarantable as well by the laws of Religion as morality. And that as God originaly distributed equaty [equity] to the human Race the unalienable righ[t] to the enjoyment of personal lib[e]rty so it behoves each man to restore to his fellow Creaturs [Creatures] that invaluable blessing of which he by unjust & impolities Laws is possessed. In Consideration whereof I have & by these Presents do emancipate sit free & forever discharge from Slavery my following Negrows To witt [wit] Daniel, Jacob, & Easter, And I do for myself, my heirs Exrs. & Admrs. by these presents ratify release, grant and confirm, unto the aforementioned Negrows [Negros] and their heirs Severally forever, all & Singular my Right, title, claim, or Interest of in or unto any property, or future demand of personal service which I now have in him his, or any of them Reserving only to my self, & my heirs the Right of holding them untill January [illegible] First Day 1792 And in as much as it is necessary, that a Second Name be annexed to the above mentioned Negrows whereby in Society they may be better known, Indutifyed [Identified], I do hereby affix and give the Name of Sampson to Each of there [their] first Names[.] In Testimony whereof I have unto these presents set my Hand and seal this 27th Day of December Anno Domi. 1790[.] Thos. Bagwell (Seal)