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Joe: Deed of Emancipation, Lancaster County

Know all men by these presents that I Richard Payne of the County of Lancaster have this day emancipated my negro Joe/ Commonly called "Cook Joe" for good and Carefull consideration and I do hereby release and discharge the said Joe from all claims {illegible} I now have or have had upon his person or property and I do warrant and defend his right to freedom from to claim or claims of any person or persons claiming by or through me. As witness of my Hand and seal this seventh day of April 1827 --

Signed and sealed in presence of us Richard Payne {SEAL} William Dan {illegible} B. Wall{illegible}