382: 1861, Emancipation Document: Slave Aged 22 Years
Emancipation of "Ambrose Beauford slave aged 22 years"March 7, 1861, Manuscript Emancipation Document, of "Ambrose Beauford a slave aged 22 years...", Choice Very Fine.
This rare, impressive, Emancipation Document is boldly written. It is an legal folio size affidavit from Kentucky is certifying that, in part:
"...the said Escecutor [sic] ________ will remove Ambrose Beauford a slave aged 22 years dark complescion [sic] 5 feet 6 inches in height and weights about 140 pound,. this day emancipated by him, beyond the limits off this state within ninety days from the date hereof..." Ambrose Buford signs at the bottom affirming that "I do hereby forever abandon my residence; in, and will, within the time named in the above Covenant remove from this state..." Offered together with the affidavit is an accompanying letter from March 13, 1861 that certifies: "...Ambrose a man of color... are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the sum of five hundred dollars, for the payment thereof well and truly to be made - We bind ourselves our heirs Executors & Admins. jointly and severally firmly by these presents sealed with our seals... the condition of the above obligation is such that wereas [sic] the above bound Ambrose Beauford hath been emancipated and set free by the last will & testament of Susan R. Brent deceased..."
Most slaveholding states stipulated that freed slaves were to leave their state of residence. Many were likely most happy to comply. (2 items).
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