Newberry District, South Carolina
Sarah Williams, free white woman had Sheppard Williams 1807 witnessed by Cassandra Williams and Sarah Cannon. This document is a memorial that Sheppard Williams without question is a free boy of color.
Sarah's Mother Cassandra wrote, and had witnessed, this document for Sheppard Williams.
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The State of South Carolina
Whereas difficulties may arise at some future time respecting the freedom of a certain Sheppard Williams a boy of colour, for the purpose therefore of preserving [?] memorial as to the fact of his freedom the [?] place of his birth [?]. We whose names are here unto subscribed do certify to the truth of the following memorial. Know all men by these presents that we the subscribers lived in the neighborhood of Sarah as inhabitants of Newberry District and state aforesaid that the said Sarah Williams was a free white woman; that in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seven the said Sarah Williams was delivered of a Mulatto child which child is the [?] of this memorial to wit the said Sheppard Williams; that the said Sheppard Williams is at this time about twelve years of age of a dark complexion and has a pleasant regular countenance. In witness whereof we have [?] set our hand and seal this fourteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty.
Personally appeared before me Sarah Cannon and Casandra Williams and was duly qualified as the [?] directs that they were both present at the birth of the said Sheppard Williams and that his mother was a free white woman and has been acquainted with him ever since – Sworn to this Fourteenth of February 1820.
Isaac [?] J.P.
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