Guide to the Free Status Affidavits Collection, 1817-1857

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Free Status Affidavits Collection
Dates: 1817-1857
Identification: SC/FSA
Creator: Delmar T. Oviatt Library
Physical Description: 0.20 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections
Abstract: This collection consists of five affidavits sworn to before the Justice of the Peace in Frederick County, Maryland between 1817 and 1857. The affidavits affirm that five African-Americans were persons who were either free born, claiming deeds of manumission, or held certificates of freedom.

Historical Note:

The Oviatt Library created this collection of materials for study and research.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records

Topical Term:

African Americans -- Maryland -- Frederick County
Slavery -- Maryland -- Frederick County
Slaves -- Emancipation

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], [date], Freed Status Affidavits Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

Related Materials:

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of five affidavits sworn to before the Justice of the Peace in Frederick County, Maryland between 1817 and 1857. The affidavits affirm that five African-Americans were persons who were either free born, claiming deeds of manumission, or held certificates of freedom.

Collection Contents

Box 1, Item 1

Affidavit Confirming that Nelly Scott and her Children, Robert, Samuel, and John, Were Freeborn, October 1822

Box 1, Item 2

Affidavit Confirming that Negro Bell, also Known as Airey, is the Same Person Freed by Joseph Hayes, 1857 March 16

Box 1, Item 3

Affidavit Confirming that Eliza Mason is a Free Woman, 1828 September 20

Box 1, Item 4

Affidavit Confirming that Isaac Holloway was Manumitted by Peter Benedum, 1817 April 25

Box 1, Item 5

Affidavit Confirming that Henry Loy was Born Free, 1830 September 23