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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Emancipation of Esther by Amy Hobby (1808)

by Amy Hobby
Volume 16, Page 417-418
Signed: January 19, 1808
Recorded: January 19, 1808   

State of Connecticut Fairfield County ss In Greenwich, Whereas application 
has been made to us the subscribing Justices of the peace in said Fairfield County 
by Amy Hobby of said Greenwich expressing her wish to emancipate  and
make free her negro woman Esther, and agreeable to the Statute Law of this 
State entitled "an Act in addition to and alteration of an act concerning Indian, 
Molatto and Negro Servants and slaves." We have enquired, examined 
and find the said Esther to be a healthy person and between twenty five 
and forty five years; Also have personally examined said Esther who appears
 desirous to be made free and as aforesaid. We therefore hereby certify that the said Esther
is a proper person to be made free according to said Statute 
Law given iven under our hands & test of office the 15th day of April Anno Domini 1807.
.                                                                                      Jabez Fitch     Justices of Peace      
                                                                                       Gilbert Close  Justices of Peace

Know all men by these presents that on receiving the above certificate 
I the Subscriber Amy Hobby of said Greenwich do hereby give, grant, bargain,
emancipate, and make free and set at liberty my negro woman slave called Esther
free and clear from me, my heirs, executors and admr. and from every other
person claiming from by or under me or them, and that she be a slave to 
no person. And from the date hereof said Esther is permitted to go for herself 
and transact his own business according to the Statute Law above mentioned.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 19th 
day of January 1808.     
                                                                                Amy   X    Hobby
Signed sealed & delivered
In presence of                                                       Rec'd to record January ye 19th, AD 1808
Jabez Fitch
Abraham Close

Emancipation of Morris by Amos Mead and Richard Mead (1802)

Volume 15, Page 392
by Amos Mead and Richard Mead
Signed: November 23, 1802
Recorded: November 23, 1802     

State of Connecticut Fairfield County ss In Greenwich 
This may certify that application has been made to us the Subscribing Justices 
of the peace in and for Fairfield County by Amos Mead Esquire and
Richard Mead of said Greenwich expressing their desire to emancipate their negro 
man Morris, and according to to the Statute Law of this State entitled an Act 
in addition to and alteration of an act concerning Indian, Mollato and negro 
servants and slaves. We have enquired, examined and find the said Morris to 
be a healthy person and between the age of twenty five and forty five years of age and 
have personally examined the said Morris who wishes to be made free and
emancipated agreeably to said Statute Law. Given under Our hands and 
test of office the 23d day of November 1802.
.                                                                   Jabez Mead
                                                                                                of peace
                                                                    Gilbert Close

Know all men by these presents that on receiving the above certifi-
cate We the Subscribers Amos Mead and Richard Mead of Greenwich 
in Fairfield County and State of Connecticut  Do give, grant, emancipate 
and make free and set at liberty our said negro man Morris from
and after the date hereof free and clear from us and our heirs and every  
other person or persons claiming him for or under us or them and from &
after the date hereof he the said Morris is permitted to go for himself and 
be a slave to no person and to transact his own business. In witness whereof 
we have hereunto set my hands and seals the 23d day of November 1802

Jabez Fitch                                                   Amos Mead    L.S.
Gilbert Close                                                Richard Mead  L.S.  

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