Corbin to His Negroes - Manumission - 21 September 1787 - Transcribed by Gail M. Walczyk

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To all Christian People to whom these presents come Greetings Know Ye That I George Corbin of the Parish and county of Accomack in Virginia for divers good Causes and considerations me hereunto moving but more Especially from Motives of Humanity, Justice and Policy, and as it is Repugnant to Christianity and even common Honesty to live in Ease and affluence by the Labour of those whom fraud and Violence have Reduced to Slavery, (Altho' sanctifying by General consent, and supported by the law of the Land,) Have, and by these presents do Manumit and set free the following Persons James, Betty Senior, Jenny senior, Joshua senr., Alicia, Hannah, Amey, Esther, Jenny Junior, Sue, Bob, Liddia and Will, and that the Identity of the aforesaid persons may in future be better known and thereby their Rights to freedom firmly secured, I do hereby for myself my heirs Executors and Administrators relinquish all my right or title of in and unto the Persons aforesaid and their increase forever. Reserving only to myself my heirs Executors or Administrators the power of holding the Young ones who are under lawful age in such manner only as Negroes born free In Testemony whereof I hae hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this Twenty forst day of September Anno domini One thousand seven hundred and Eighty sevenGeorge Corbin

At a court held in Accomack county September 27th 1787 This Deed of Manumission was Acknowledged by the said George Corbin as his Act & Deed and ordered to be Recorded
Littleton Savage ClC


_____. Accomack County Virginia Deeds 1783-1788, p. 495.

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