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White, John R. (fl. 1852) [Deed of manumission for slave Ann Simms]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08564.04 Author/Creator: White, John R. (fl. 1852) Place Written: St. Louis, Missouri Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 18 May 1852 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 31.5 x 19.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Emancipation of a 23 year old female slave owned by Colonel John R. White and described as "of an orange color and about five feet seven inches in height." Lists her history and who he bought her from. Signed by three witnesses. Approved and certified by the St. Louis Circuit Court and signed by the clerk, M. S. Cerre. Docketed by clerk.

People: White, John R., fl. 1852

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Enslaved peopleAfrican American HistoryWomen's HistorySlaveryManumissionEmancipation

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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