1802 Manumission: Solomon Laing


1802 Manumission: Solomon Laing
Middlesex County Manumissions and Removals, page 32
Middlesex County Manumissions and Removals, page 40
Manumission of Solomon Laing (certificate dated 1802-04-20, deed dated 1802-04-20), recorded in Manumissions and Removals Book, p. 32, 40. Middlesex County (N.J.) Records, 1688-1929, Vol. XI (MC 784.1). Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.
Event Description
Solomon Laing was manumitted by Isaac Laing Jr. of Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey. The certificate of manumission was signed by the Overseers of the Poor of Woodbridge (Ezekiel Ayers, Francis Everitt) and Justices of the Peace for Middlesex County (Henry Marsh, James Bonney) on April 20, 1802. The document stated that Solomon Laing was examined in court and met the eligibility requirements for manumission in New Jersey, i.e. the person was 21 to 40 years old and was "sound in mind and not under any bodily incapacity" of obtaining a livelihood. Solomon Laing's exact age was not recorded in the document. The manumission certificate was recorded by the Middlesex County Clerk (William P. Deare) on May 10, 1802. The related deed of manumission signed by Isaac Laing Jr. was later recorded by the County Clerk on January 20, 1803.
Event Type
Legal: Manumission registration
20 April 1802
Woodbridge, NJ
Primary Participant
Solomon Laing
Isaac Laing Jr.
Participant Details

*** Solomon Laing ***
Role: Emancipated Person
Age category: Adult
Status: Transition
Enslaver(s) of this participant:
- Isaac Laing Jr.
Verbatim description from source:
"slave named Solomon Laing"



Henry Marsh
Role: Judge

James Bonney
Role: Judge

Ezekiel Ayers
Role: Government Official

Francis Everitt
Role: Government Official

Thomas Laing
Role: Witness

Elijah Phillips
Role: Witness

Mary Laing
Role: Witness

William Philips Deare (d. 1826)
Role: County Clerk

Isaac Laing Jr.
Role: Enslaver - Manumitter
Record Contributor
Isaac Guzmán
Jesse Bayker

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Participant Details: Solomon Laing as Emancipated Person in 1802 Manumission event NJS-EVE-00056 Event Participation