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Re: Manumission children-1840 mother-1846 Why?
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This looks like a record of gradual emancipation. I don't know DC's slave laws, but would guess that they may have stipulated age limitations to emancipations. DC may have followed suit with Virginia, in deciding that slaves freed after a certain period would be required to leave the area or obtain permission to remain.
Many families of mixed slave/free status, held relatives in slavery to avoid their being forced to move away. Thus when you read works by historians like Carter G. Woodson who maintain that free black ownership of slaves was largely of a benevolent nature, you find numerous examples to support his assertion.
You did not mention the slave owner's race. However, you might want to research his background to determine how he acquired the slaves.
You might want to search through deeds in Alexandria County prior to this date. Search for any transactions completed by the slave owner. One of the transactions may include a slave bill of sale or transfer from one owner to another. You may also want to search through wills, to see if the slave owner appeared as an heir or beneficiary. He may have inherited the slaves. Furthermore, check the name index, if one is available, to see if the transcriber/abstractor indexed the names of slaves.