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Outten, Jim : Freedom Suit, Accomack County

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Jim Outten was emancipated subsequent to the year 1806 & hath resided in Accomack as a free man, from the day of his emancipation til May 1826 at which time he was sold by the overseers of the poor, under the provisions of the act of assembly entitled 'An act reducing into one the several acts concerning slaves free negros & mullattos. At this sale Littleton P Henderson became the purchaser of said Jim Outten & now holds him in slavery. I am of opinion that according to the constitution of laws of this Commth. the overseers of the poor had no right to sell the said Jim Outten in the mode pursued by them, nor in any other mode, & of course that the said sale is void & the right of said Jim to his freedom is unimpaired. July 31 1826 A P Upshur