1802 Agreement: Thomas Titus

Item

Title
1802 Agreement: Thomas Titus
Identifier
NJS-EVE-00484
Source
Will of Gerardus Beekman, South Brunswick, NJ
Will of Gerardus Beekman, South Brunswick, NJ, August 18, 1814. In Microfilm: Middlesex County, NJ, Surrogate Court Records, Wills, Vol. B (1813-1824). Page 546-547.
Event Description
A young Black man named Thomas Titus and his enslaver Gerardus Beekman made an agreement that Beekman would manumit Titus after 15 years of service. The term of the agreement began on March 1, 1802, and was supposed to end on March 1, 1817. Titus was about 17 years old when the agreement was made.

It is uncertain whether a written agreement was created in 1802; it may have been a verbal agreement. Beekman mentioned this agreement in his last will and testament (which he wrote in 1814) to ensure that if Beekman died before Titus's term was over, the enslaver's heirs would have to honor the agreement.

Beekman eventually freed Titus and filed manumission papers in Middlesex County in 1818. Beekman and Titus lived in South Brunswick.
Event Type
Legal: Agreement
Date
1 March 1802
Date Certainty
Inferred
Primary Participant
Thomas Titus (1785-1849)
Participant Details
DETAILS FOR PRIMARY PARTICIPANTS:

*** Thomas Titus (1785-1849) ***
Role: Party
Age: 17
Status: Enslaved
Enslaver(s) of this participant:
- Gerardus Beekman (1736-1822)
Verbatim description from source:
"negro man Thomas"

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DETAILS FOR OTHER PARTICIPANTS:

Gerardus Beekman (1736-1822)
Role: Enslaver - Party
Record Contributor
Jesse Bayker

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Items with "Preceding Event: 1802 Agreement: Thomas Titus"
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1814 Will (of Gerardus Beekman): Thomas Titus, Charlotte Titus Event
1818 Manumission: Thomas Titus Event
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Participant Details: Thomas Titus as Party in 1802 Agreement event NJS-EVE-00484 Event Participation