1802 Manumission: Richard

Item

Title
1802 Manumission: Richard
Identifier
NJS-EVE-00063
Source
Middlesex County Manumissions and Removals, page 39
Manumission of Richard (certificate dated 1802-09-14), recorded in Manumissions and Removals Book, p. 39. Middlesex County (N.J.) Records, 1688-1929, Vol. XI (MC 784.1). Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.
Event Description
Richard was manumitted by Miles Smith of Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey. The certificate of manumission was signed by the Overseers of the Poor of Piscataway (David Coriell Jr., Edward Griffith) and Justices of the Peace for Middlesex County (Abraham Schuyler, Elijah Phillips) on September 14, 1802. The document stated that Richard 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. Richard's exact age was not recorded in the document. This manumission was recorded by the Middlesex County Clerk (William P. Deare) on November 1, 1802.

Richard was described in the manumission certificate as a "servant" rather than "slave." The use of the term "servant" here suggests that Richard likely negotiated a limited term indenture agreement with Miles Smith at the conclusion of which Richard expected to gain his freedom.
Event Type
Legal: Manumission registration
Date
14 September 1802
Location
Piscataway, NJ
Primary Participant
Richard
Enslaver
Miles Smith
Participant Details
DETAILS FOR PRIMARY PARTICIPANTS:

*** Richard ***
Role: Emancipated Person
Age category: Adult
Status: Transition
Enslaver(s) of this participant:
- Miles Smith
Verbatim description from source:
"servant named Richard "

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DETAILS FOR OTHER PARTICIPANTS:

Abraham Schuyler
Role: Judge

Elijah Phillips
Role: Judge

David Coriell Jr.
Role: Government Official

Edward Griffith
Role: Government Official

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

Miles Smith
Role: Enslaver - Manumitter
Record Contributor
Isaac Guzmán
Jesse Bayker

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Participant Details: Richard as Emancipated Person in 1802 Manumission event NJS-EVE-00063 Event Participation