Fortune : Deed of Manumission, Accomack County
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To all to whom these presents shall come, Know ye that I Laban Rodgers of the county of Accomack & State of Virginia for divers good causes and considerations me thereunto especially moving, more especially in consideration of the sum of Twenty pounds current money afsd to me in hand by my negro man Fortune, which negro I hold in common with my sister Anne Rodgers, under the will of my father John Rodgers. Have liberated, manumitted & set free from slavery the sd negro Fortune as far as I have right so to do, & by these presents do Liberate, manumit & set free the sd negro Fortune so far as I am interested in him or have right so to do & do acquit him from slavery & servitude or any demand thereof by me my heirs or assigns, or any other person or persons whatsoever except the sd Anne Rodgers or her heirs or assigns. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal this twenty fifth day of May A Dom. One thousand seven hundred & ninety five. Laban Rodgers (seal) Signed sealed & dat[e]d in presence of } J. Wise, Chas. Snead, Jance Ashby