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Manumission: Nancy H. Baker to ...

I have a list of slaves owned by a Mrs. Baker. They are identified by given names and exact birth dates in a deed of emancipation. The deed was recorded in Washington, DC, but I found it, several years ago, in an Arlington Co., Virginia chancery file. Sorry to say, I do not have a proper or complete citation for the deed, other than the date it was recorded (as given in the document). Is this data something that you publish on your site? I can't give a "link" to it, because I do not have a place to post the information.

Ms. Marty Hiatt, CG
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Alington Emancipation Document

Found in Arlington County, chancery file (long before such papers were sorted and indexed). Deed of Manumission, recorded 21 February 1827--Washington, DC
Nancy H. Baker to Negroes Nelly, Betsy and others

Whereas I have been induced by considerations of Justice to the following enumerated slaves to emancipate them from and after the periods hereinafter mentioned when they shall respectively arrive at the age of thirty years, to wit:

Nelly, born the 15th of October 1797, to be free on the 15th of October 1827
Betsy, born the 18th of September 1802, to be free on the 18th of September 1832.
Sophy [?] born the 28th of August 1808 to be free on the 28th of August 1838
Stepney, born the 21st of May 1810, to be free on the 21st of May 1840
Jane, born the 25th of February 1814, to be free on the 25th of February 1844.
Davy, born the 15th of October 1816, to be free on the 15th of October 1846
Robert, Born on the 20th of September 1820 to be free on the 20th of September 1850.
Mary, born August 27th 1821, to be free on the 27th of August 1851.
Catharine, born on the 24th of November 1823 to be free on the 24th of Nov 1853.
Beckey, born on the 29th of November 1823, to be free on the 29th of November 1853.
George, born on the 22nd of December 1825 to be free on the 22nd of December 1855, and
Elizabeth born on the 28th of December 1825 to be free on the 28th of December 1855.

Now be it known by these presents that I do
hereby emancipate and forever discharge and set free
from bondage and slavery the foregoing enumerated
slaves at the periods above mentioned when they will
respectively arrive a the age of thirty years as is above
specifically set forth, each and every of them, they
in the mean time continuing to serve myself and
my assigns until the time when they shall be respectively
entitled to their freedom at the periods above mentioned.
And should any of the said female slaves have issue during
their term of Service, I do hereby emancipate and set free from
bondage and slavery such issue at the moment they shall
respectively attain the age of thirty years computing from the
births of such issue, and in like manner I do hereby emancipate
and set free from bondage and slavery the issue of such issue
as they shall respectively attain the age of thirty years and so
on in succession forever. --- And whereas I have within a few
months given a deed of emancipation to my woman Henny
with intent to free the said Henny from slavery, in which deed I am
informed that some requisites or formalities are wanting to render
the same valid and good in law, for remedy whereof I do by these
presents emancipate and set free from bondage and slavery the
said Henny and her descendants forever.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and
affixed by seal this nineteenth day of February 1827

Nancy H. Baker {seal}
Signed Sealed & Delivered
in the presence of
B. Thruston
Thomas Law.

District of Columbia, Washington County Sct,

On this nineteenth day of February 1827 personally
appeared before me the subscriber one of the United States
Justices of the Peace for the County aforesaid, Miss Nancy
H. Baker of full age, and acknowledged the foregoing deed
or instrument of writing to be her act and deed to and for
the uses intents and purposes therein mentioned.

James Young

True Copy
Test W. Brent, Clk.

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