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Caty : Deed of Manumission, Accomack County

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Know all men by these presence that I Charles Ewell Jnr. [Junior] believing that all man kind by nature are free, and having in my possession several of my fellow brethren whom the Laws of our Country deem as my property having a wish to do Justice to all man kind do by this my Deed emancipate & set free the following Slaves To Wit. Caty a woman, supposed to be about thirty five years old to be free on the first day of January on thousand eight hundred & twenty. Peggy a woman of a light colour aged twenty one years to be free the first day of January one thousand eight hundred and twenty. David a boy of a blackish coulour [color] to be free the first day of January one thousand eight hundred & twenty five, William, a boy to be free on the first day of January one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight. George a boy to be free on the first day of January one thousand eight hundred & thirty, James a boy to be free on the first day of January one thousand eight hundred & thirty nine. Betty a Girl to be free on the first day of January one thousand eight hundred and forty. The above emancipated Slaves I hereby pronounce to be free at the times above specified and if the Girl Betty should have borne any offspring in the time of her servitude I hereby pronounce & declare them to be free at the age of twenty one years old[.] The above I hereby pronounce to be my Deed of Emancipation freeing the above Slaves at the given times above written from the Claim or Claims of me Charles Ewell Jnr. my Heirs and all and every person or persons whatsoever In testamony whereof I have Hereunto Set my Hand & Seal this 27th day of November In the year 1819[.] Charles Ewell Junr (Seal) In presence of Test William Ewell [SS?] Wm. W. Burton