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James: Deed of Emancipation, Lancaster County

Know all men by these presents that I Jesse C. Ball of the County of Lancaster in the State of Virginia do hereby set free from Bondage my Servants Family James a man aged fifty five, Peggy a woman aged Fifty Five, Will a boy aged four years old, and do for myself my Heirs, Executors and Administrators and assignees release unto the said Servants all my Rights and all claims whatsoever as to this Property by persons or to any Estate they have or may acquire hereby declaring the said Servants absolutely free without any interruption from me or any person claiming under me. In writings wherefore I have here unto set my hand and this 19th day of July in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred & Ninty. Jesse C. Ball {SEAL}