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Manumission children-1840 mother-1846 Why?

I found info on the manumission of the Webster children, James,Addison,William, Helen Maria,Caroline, Mary Elizabeth & George.
It was from Alexandria Co in the District of Columbia dated 1-1-1840.
It says the slaves were the children of Daniel Webster (fpoc) and his wife, Hugh Smith's slave Patty. Each was to go free at the age of 25 any children of the females would go free with their mother.

10-12-1846 I see a manumission for Patty Webster and her children Adaline and Harriet. Patty Webster was the wife of Daniel Webster. and was to be freed immediately. The children were to go free when they reached 25.

Does anyone know why the children she had by 1840 would go free
without their mother? I wanted to know if the children stayed with their mother until her freedom, I checked the census for Hugh Smith 1840 he listed 1-male 36 under 55 & 2-females 10 and under 24(slaves)

I found Daniel Webster in the 1840 census for Alexandria Co, in the District of Columbia no month or day was noted. Enumerated with Daniel were slaves 2-males under 10, 3-females under 10 and 1-female 24and under 36. The ages match 5 of his children. How could they be listed as slaves if they were freed on 1/1/1840?

Could someone please tell me how I might find a listing of the slaves
for Hugh Smith and his son Hugh C. Smith. The Smith's had homes and slaves in Alexandria & Middleburg, Va.

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