Augustus (b. 1814)


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Augustus (b. 1814)
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Biographical Description
Augustus was one of the victims of Jacob Van Wickle's slave trading ring in Middlesex County, New Jersey, in 1818. The legal documents related to the removal of Augustus from the state of New Jersey suggest that he was born around 1814 and was aged 4 when he was forced to leave New Jersey for Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, together with his mother Hager and his siblings Mary and Roda.

Under New Jersey's gradual abolition law, he had the status of a slave for a term of 25 years. This meant he was bound to serve his enslaver until age 25, and then he would become eligible for emancipation. His right to emancipation at age 25 was recorded by the judges who authorized his removal from New Jersey at age age 4. However, going to Louisiana as a child effectively deprived him of the opportunity to gain freedom because enforcing his legal rights under New Jersey law would be nearly impossible in Louisiana.
Place of Significance
South River
Pointe Coupee Parish, LA
Child of
Hager (b. 1789)
Record Contributor
Jesse Bayker

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Items with "Primary Participant: Augustus (b. 1814)"
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1818-02-26 Removal: Hager, Augustus, Mary, Roda Event
Items with "Parent of: Augustus (b. 1814)"
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Hager (b. 1789) Agent
Items with "Sibling of: Augustus (b. 1814)"
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Mary (b. 1816) Agent
Roda (b. 1804) Agent
Items with "Enslaver of: Augustus (b. 1814)"
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Charles Morgan (1775-1848) Agent
Nicholas Van Wickle (1796-1865) Agent