Thomas Jefferson Papers

Certificate of Sale and Manumission of John Freeman, 23 July 1804

[23 July 1804]

William Baker


Thomas Jefferson

Bill of Sale Recorded in Liber V. No. 21 folio 30 One of the Land Records of Washington County in the District of Columbia—

Wherein the said William Baker sells to the said Thomas Jefferson for the consideration of four hundred dollars a negro man named John for and during the term of Eleven years from the date of the said Bill of Sale, which date is the [twenty] third day of July 1804. which said Bill of Sale is acknowledged before John Oakley a Justice of the Peace—

At the bottom of which Bill of Sale is the following—

This is to certify and declare that this paper contains true Copies of two deeds, the Originals of which are in my possession which deeds are hereby assented to ratified and Confirmed, and the said negro man John therein named is hereby declared to be entitled to his freedom on the 22nd day of July which shall be in the year One thousand eight hundred and fifteen given under my hand this 6th day of October 1804—

Th: Jefferson


William A. Burwell

District of Columbia County of Washington SC

I hereby certify that the within extract of a Bill of sale from Wm. Baker to Thomas Jefferson is correctly taken from the Land Record within mentioned, and, that the certificate signed Thomas Jefferson is correctly taken from the said Record—and I further certify, that the Bearer here of John a black man about forty six years of age five feet seven inches high, straight and well made, with two small scars on his forehead, no other perceivable marks or scars, very pleasing countenance, has been proved to me by John H. Baker to be the same man mentioned in the within extract and Certificate—

In Testimony whereof I hereto Subscribe my name and affix the seal of the Circuit Court of the District and County aforesaid this 22d. day of October 1827.—

Wm. Brent Ck

DLC: Carter G. Woodson Collection.

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