1802, Thomas Wildes, Manumission


1802, Thomas Wildes, Manumission
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 Thomas Wildeswas 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 Thomas Wildes 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. Thomas Wildes'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.
Action Status
8 April 1802
East Windsor, NJ
Primary Participant
Thomas Wildes
Primary Participant Description (verbatim)
slave named Thomas Wildes
21 to 40
Freedom Status
Enslaver of Primary Event Participant
Joseph Hutchinson
Middlesex County Manumissions and Removals, page 38
Manumission of Thomas Wildes (certificate dated 1802-04-08), recorded in Manumissions and Removals Book, p. 38. Middlesex County (N.J.) Records, 1688-1929, Vol. XI (MC 784.1). Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.
Record Contributor
Isaac Guzmán
Jesse Bayker

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