Guide to the Free Status Affidavits Collection, 1817-1857
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Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: Free Status Affidavits Collection
Delmar T. Oviatt Library
Physical Description: 0.20
Language of Materials:
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
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This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
African Americans -- Maryland -- Frederick
Slavery -- Maryland -- Frederick
Slaves -- Emancipation
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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.
Box 1, Item 1
Affidavit Confirming that Nelly Scott and her Children, Robert, Samuel,
and John, Were Freeborn,
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
1817 April 25
Box 1, Item 5
Affidavit Confirming that Henry Loy was Born Free,
1830 September 23