1747 Manumission: Ukawsaw Gronniosaw

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Title
1747 Manumission: Ukawsaw Gronniosaw
Identifier
NJS-EVE-00026
Source
A Narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, an African Prince, As Related by Himself
Ukawsaw Gronniosaw. A Narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, an African Prince, As Related by Himself. Bath, England: Printed by W. Gye, 1772. Pages 18-19.
Event Description
According to Ukawsaw Gronniosaw's autobiography, the Rev. Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen manumitted Gronniosaw in his will and also left him 10 pounds. At the time of Frelinghuysen's death around 1747, Gronniosaw had been enslaved in the Frelinghuysen household for nearly two decades. After his manumission, Gronniosaw continued working for the Frelinghuysen family as a servant for several years.

See p. 18-19 in Gronniosaw's book:
"my temporal comforts were all blasted by the death of my dear and worthy Master Mr. Freelandhouse, who was taken from this world rather suddenly: he had but a short illness, and died of a fever. I held his hand in mine, when he departed; he told me he had given me my freedom. I was at liberty to go where I would.--He added that he had always pray'd for me and hop'd I should be kept unto the end. My master left me by his will ten pounds, and my freedom."
Event Type
Freedom status transaction: Manumission
Date
1747
Date Certainty
Inferred
Location of Event
Raritan Valley
Primary Participant
Ukawsaw Gronniosaw (c. 1710-1775)
Participant Details
DETAILS FOR PRIMARY PARTICIPANTS:

*** Ukawsaw Gronniosaw (c. 1710-1775) ***
Role: Emancipated Person
Age category: Adult
Status: Transition
Enslaver(s) of this participant:
- Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen (1691-1747)

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DETAILS FOR OTHER PARTICIPANTS:

Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen (1691-1747)
Role: Enslaver - Manumitter
Record Contributor
Jesse Bayker

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