Otter : Deed of Manumission, Accomack County
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To all people before whom these presents shall Come Greeting know ye that I Thomas Ames of Accomack County in Virginia having weighed in the Scale of Justise the condition of Slavery and sensibly convinced that it is unwarantable as well by the law of religion as morality and that as God righously [righteously] distribute Equally to the human race the unalienable rite to the enjoyment of personal lib[e]rity so it behoves [behooves] each man to restore to his fellow creaturs [creatures] that invauabele blessing of which he by unjusts & impolite Law is possessed in consideration whereof I have and by these presents do Emancipate & set free & forever discharge from Slav[e]ry my following Negroes to wit Otter[,] appey[,] Nancy[,] Candis[,] Ceally[,] Genney[,] Talley[,] Frank[,] Comfort & peter is to have his Freedom the first day Januweary [January] 1797 and I do for my Self my Heirs Exrs & administrators by these presents ratify releace grant & confirm unto these aforementioned Sev[e]ral Neagroes [Negros] & their heirs Severly forever all & Singular my Rite title Claim or Interest of in or unto any property or future demand of personal Service which I now have in him her or any of them reserving only to myself & my heirs the rite of holding such as are under lawful age for and during the full term of their Individual now age And in as much as it is necessary that Second Names be Annexed to the above Mentioned Negroes whereby in Society the[y] May be better known & Indentured I do hearby [hereby] affix & give the Name of Tubeley to each of their severel first Names in testemoney [testimony] whereof I have unto these present Set My hand & seal this twenty Eight day of Jany anno Dom 1793[.] Tho's. Ames (Seal) Sind [Signed] sealed acknowledged in present of us} Elijah Hancock