1800 Manumission: Phebe Merrill

Item

Title
1800 Manumission: Phebe Merrill
Identifier
NJS-EVE-00067
Source
Middlesex County Manumissions and Removals, page 43
Manumission of Phebe Merrill (certificate dated 1800-05-10), recorded in Manumissions and Removals Book, p. 43. Middlesex County (N.J.) Records, 1688-1929, Vol. XI (MC 784.1). Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.
Event Description
Phebe Merrill was manumitted by Hugh Davids of Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey. The certificate of manumission was signed by the Overseers of the Poor of Woodbridge (Richard Wright, Ezekiel Ayers) and Justices of the Peace for Middlesex County (Henry Marsh, Ichabod Potter) on May 10, 1800. The document stated that Phebe Merrill 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. Phebe Merrill's exact age was not recorded in the document. This manumission was recorded by the Middlesex County Clerk almost 3 years later in the spring of 1803.
Event Type
Legal: Manumission registration
Date
10 May 1800
Location
Woodbridge, NJ
Primary Participant
Phebe Merrill
Enslaver
Hugh Davids
Participant Details
DETAILS FOR PRIMARY PARTICIPANTS:

*** Phebe Merrill ***
Role: Emancipated Person
Age category: Adult
Status: Transition
Enslaver(s) of this participant:
- Hugh Davids
Verbatim description from source:
"slave named Phebe Merrill"

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DETAILS FOR OTHER PARTICIPANTS:

Henry Marsh
Role: Judge

Ichabod Potter
Role: Judge

Richard Wright
Role: Government Official

Ezekiel Ayers
Role: Government Official

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

Hugh Davids
Role: Enslaver - Manumitter
Record Contributor
Isaac Guzmán
Jesse Bayker

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