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[NC] the emancipation of the slave known as Africa

The Emancipation of the Slave now known as Africa Parker

State of North Carolina

Orange County Court of

Pleas and Quarter Sessions

February Session AD 1799

To the Justices of the said

Court now sitting

William Cain of the County aforesaid showeth unto your Worships, that he is possessed of Africa, a Negro man slave, as his property and that the said Africa hath always been an industrious, honest and faithfull slave, and hath rendered unto your Petitioner several meritorious services of high importance to him. Amongst others hath taught and instructed your Petitioner, and one of his other slaves, in the art and mastery of Malting, brewing, and distilling grain, whereby your Petitioner hopes to derive great profit and gain. Your Petitioner, therefore, in Justice to the merit of a dutiful slave, prays that the said Africa may be emancipated, and henceforth enjoy his Freedom, your Petitioner will ever pray.

Wm Cain by Wm Norwood

His atty
D[avid]. Ray or Yarbrough will Send by the Br[?] D. North 12 yds fim linen about 8oz 10/ #yd, half loaf sugar, a [?] or pins, my wife is Very lo I am afraid shall hardly recover [unsure of the previous two words] as for Africa if he is desirous in trying to yet find this Court you may tell the Court that I intended to have it done if possible But are all out of my powers to be there I hope they will Do the B[?] so I am satisfied to it all from your William Cain
Pls send 8 oz thread
Fit to so the linen

W Cain

To the Worshipful Court of Orange
Gentleman I intend to Try this day to have Africa emancipated & set free as I promised him when I bought him of Northern Country upon his paying the purchase money with costs and showing my people the art of Stilling and Malting which he the said Africa hath Done and will do I Expect, however I do wish him to be Set free by the County Court of Orange this Day if they please as it’s out of my powers to be up as my wife is so indisposed I can’t by no means leave her your Obedient

Hon Servant William Cain

March 7 1799

Whereas William Cain of the County hath Petitioned this Court to liberate and set free Africa his slave formerly slave and property of [this part has very small writing inserted between two lines] of Hillsboro a black man about 40 years of age and this Court having heard this said petition and being satisfied as to the meritorious services rendered by the said Africa do adjudge and allow the said services to be good and sufficient. It is therefore ordered and adjudged by the Court that this said Africa is hereby permitted and [?] from this time to go at large unmolested as a free man with all the privileges pertaining to freemen of his Color and shall here forward be known by the name of Africa Parker. On the Petition of William Cain to liberate Africa, his slave, the Court having heard the Petition according satisfied as to the meritorious service rendered by the said Africa, do allow the same, and whereby and by and with the assents of the said William Cain given here in Open court to liberate the said Africa and set him free, and that the Said Africa may not hereafter be claimed or molested as a Slave, doth hereby present and [?] the said Africa hereinforth to go at large as a free man.
[found in the Raleigh State Archives NC]


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