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Dick : Deed of Manumission, Accomack County

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Accomack County Sct I Solomon Johnson son of Solomon late decd for divers good considerations, causes, & motives, me hereunto moving, have and hereby do emancipate, & set free forever, a negro man named Dick, alias Richard, formerly the property of my late father, & by the presents I do declare the aforesaid Dick or Richard to be in every respect a free man, so far as the laws of the country will authorize, & that he is hereafter entitled to every advantage & privilege of a free negro. And for the better identifying the aforesaid Dick or Richard, in society, I hereby give him the name or appellation of Richard Johnson. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto affixed my hand & Seal this 19th day of April 1794. Solon. [Solomon] Johnson (seal) Signed sealed and acknowledged in presence of [illegible] Nathaniel [illegible] Junes, Parker Bird, Savage Harmon