In 1995 I published my first book 'Chains Unbound: Slave Emancipations in Greenwich, Connecticut.' My original intention was for it to be used as an educational resource. This is an online companion site that I've created, especially for those of you utilizing online resources and smartphones. I've also included additional items and news articles not found in the 1995 edition. Jeffrey Bingham Mead, Historian and Author. October 13, 2014.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Emancipation of Cull by Sarah, widow of David Bush (1803)

by Sarah, Widow of David Bush
Volume 15, Page 404
Signed: January 31, 1803 
and February 3, 1803
Recorded February 10, 1803

State of Connecticut Fairfield County ss In Greenwich Whereas 
application has been made to us the Subscribers Justices of peace in said Fair-
field County by Sarah Bush of said Greenwich expressing her wish to 
emancipate and make free her negro man Cull And Agreeable to the 
Statute Law of this State Entitled "an Act in addition to and alteration of 
an Act concerning Indian, Mulatto and negro Servants and Slaves.”
We have enquired, examined and find the said Cull to be a healthy 
Person, and between five and forty five years of age, Also have personally 
examined said Cull who appears desirous to be made free as aforesaid.
We therefore hereby certify the said Cull is a proper person to be emanci
-pated and made free according to said Statute Law. Given under our hands 
and test of Office the 31st day of January Anno Domini  1803.
                                                                       Jabez Fitch       Justice of peace
                                                                       Ebenezer Mead     Justice of peace     

Know all men by these presents that on receiving the above certifi-
cate I the Subscriber Sarah Bush of said Greenwich Do hereby give, grant, bargain, eman-
cipate make free and set at liberty my negro man Slave called Cull free and clear 
from me my heirs executors and administrators and from every other person claim-
ing from by or under me or them and that he be a slave to no person and from the 
date hereof snto set my hand and seal the 3d day of February 1803.
Signed sealed & delivered In Presence of                                           Sarah Bush   L.S.
William Knapp  
Justus L. Bush                                  Rec'd to record February ye 10th AD 1803
William Marshall                             And recorded by me Jabez Fitch  Register

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