1802-04-08 Manumission: Samson Jeters


1802-04-08 Manumission: Samson Jeters
Middlesex County Manumissions and Removals, page 37
Manumission of Samson Jeters (certificate dated 1802-04-08), recorded in Manumissions and Removals Book, p. 37. Middlesex County (N.J.) Records, 1688-1929, Vol. XI (MC 784.1). Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.
Event Description
Joseph Hutchinson of East Windsor, Middlesex County, New Jersey, manumitted two enslaved men on April 8, 1802. The names of the men who were manumitted were Samson Jeters and Thomas Wildes.

The certificate of manumission for Samson Jeters was signed by the Overseers of the Poor of East Windsor (Joshua Ely, Jonathan Brown) and Justices of the Peace for Middlesex County (Jonathan Combs, Robert Willson) on April 8, 1802. The document stated that Samson Jeters 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. Samson Jeters's exact age was not recorded in the document. This manumission was recorded by the Middlesex County Clerk (William P. Deare) on October 18, 1802.

East Windsor was part of Middlesex County at this time, but it would later become part of Mercer County in 1838.
Event Type
Legal: Manumission registration
8 April 1802
Location of Event
East Windsor
County (Modern)
County (Historical)
Primary Participant
Samson Jeters
Participant Details

*** Samson Jeters ***
Role: Emancipated Person
Age category: Adult
Status: Transition
Enslaver(s) of this participant:
- Joseph Hutchinson
Verbatim description from source:
"slave named Samson Peters"



Jonathan Combs
Role: Judge

Robert Willson
Role: Judge

Joshua Ely
Role: Government Official

Jonathan Brown
Role: Government Official

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

Joseph Hutchinson
Role: Enslaver - Manumitter
Record Contributor
Isaac Guzmán
Jesse Bayker

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