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Frank : Deed of Manumission, Accomack County

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Know all men by these presents that I William Silverthorn jointly with Jousph [Joseph] Waggoman become bound unto James Duncan (all of the County of Accomack) in the sum of Forth pounds by a writing under our seals respectively bearing date Decmr the fourteenth one thousand seven hundred ninety seven which bond was given at the price of a Negro man called Frank for whom the sd [said] Duncan gave unto the sd [said] Silverthorn & Waggoman a bill of sale within the agreement on the parts of the aforsd [aforesaid] Silverthorn & Waggoman, that the said negroe man Frank upon payment of said sum of money, should be free from all duties of services or servitude unto us the sd [said] Silverthorn & Waggoman or their exec'r adms. & the said negroe man having discharged the bond aforesaid agreeable to the conditions therefor, I hereby discharge & [illegible] the said negroe man Frank from all claims For my heirs exrs or administrators may have on him for his services on account of the Rule of law aforesaid & do hereby declare him to be free so far as [illegible] to me my heirs exrs adms & assigns. In testimony