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Collection Reference Number GLC03434.04
From Archive Folder Middlesex County Virginia documents 
Title Certificate of emancipation for Priscilla a negro woman
Date 20 January 1810
Author West, Benjamin (fl. 1810)  
Document Type Government document
Content Description Certificate stating that Benjamin West, a free negro, has bought the freedom of Priscilla, who will be his wife. "Benjamin West a free negro having purchased a negrowoman named Priscilla...Do hereby liberate and emancipate the said negrowoman Priscilla...On condition the said negrowoman Priscilla is allowed to live with me as a wife during my life and not to be molested or disturbed by any person in authority under the act of assembly in that case made and provided." West signs with his mark. Also signed by Thomas Healy, George Healy, James Handate and Thomas Muse
Subjects African American History  African American Author  Women's History  Marriage  Slavery  Slave Sale  Law  Government and Civics  Emancipation  Manumission  Freemen  
People West, Benjamin (fl. 1810)  
Place written Urbanna, Virginia
Theme African Americans; Slavery & Abolition; Women in American History; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859