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Guide to the Slavery Collection
1709-1899
 MS 569

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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Megan Hahn. Machine-readable finding aid created by Melissa Haley, March 2002, and Alex Poole, August 2009. Entered in Archivists' Toolkit by Jefferson Bailey, October 2010.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 14, 2013
Description is in English
using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series VII - Legal Documents, 1709-1858, and undated, 1709-1858, and undated

Subseries 1 - Birth Certificates, 1800-1818, 1800-1818

Scope and Contents note

Arranged alphabetically by last name of the slave-holder. Certificates usually include information such as the slave-holders occupation, the mother's name, and the date of birth and sex of the child.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 18 Birth certificates, A-D
1801-1818
Box: 5 Folder : 19 Birth certificates, F-M
1800-1818
Box: 5 Box : 20 Birth certificates, N-Z
1802-1817

Subseries 2 - Depositions, 1746-1839, 1746-1839

Scope and Contents note

Arranged chronologically. Assorted depositions relating to slave ownership and trade from New York, Delaware, South Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland. One item in French from Martinique regarding a vessel from Rhode Island captained by Samuel Johnson.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Depositions
1746-1839

Subseries 3 - Petitions, 1709/1780, 1777, and undated, 1709-1777, undated

Scope and Contents note

Assorted petitions from South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Massachusetts.

The deposition from Massachusetts is actually two petitions, one on either side of the paper. The earlier is dated January 1709, from the court of general sessions in Boston, Mass., and the petitioner is Jack, a negro, servant to Samuel Bill. Jack testifies that he has a marriage agreement with Esther, a servant of Robert Gutteridge, however, Gutteridge refuses to give his consent to the marriage. The second petition is from the Council and house of representatives in General Court in Boston assembled March 1780. Mercy Turner of Pembrook seeks to divorce her husband Philip Turner of Scituate whose "conduct and behavior is utterly inconsistent with the marriage covenant."

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Petitions
1709-1777, undated

Subseries 4 - Indentures, 1749, 1797, 1797, undated

Scope and Contents note

The earlier indenture is from New York and states that Walter Butler, Jr. of the Mohawks agrees to "keep and maintain... a N[egro] boy called Primus for three years." The later is a partially printed form dated 1797, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania declaring that Negro Joseph, a manumitted slave, indentures himself for 14 years to John Delaval.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Indentures
1797, undated

Subseries 5 - Deeds of manumission, 1782-1792, 1812, 1782-1792, 1812

Scope and Contents note

Three of the five items in this series are deeds of manumission signed by Robert Carter of Nomony Hall in Westmoreland County, Virginia, dated January 2, 1792.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Deeds of manumission
1782-1792, 1812

Subseries 6 - Estate inventories/property appraisals, 1759-1858, and undated, 1759-1858, and undated

Scope and Contents note

Arranged chronologically. Assorted estate inventories and property appraisals that make provisions for slaves from Alabama, New York and other places not named.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Estate inventories/ property appraisals
1759-1858, undated

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