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.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Emancipation of Frank by Estate of Lucy Heusted (Husted) (1797)

by Joshua Purdy and Israel Peck, Executors
for the Estate of Lucy Heusted

Volume 14, Page 334-335
Signed: June 24, 1797
Recorded: June 24, 1797

State of Connecticut Fairfield County ss In Greenwich These 

may certify that application has been made to us the Subscribers Jus-
tices of the peace in and for Fairfield County by Joshua Purdy of 
Rye in Westchester County and State of New York and Israel Peck of 
said Greenwich as executors to the last will and testament of the widow
 Lucy Heusted late of said Greenwich dec'd expressing their desire (agreeably 
to the will of said dec'd) to emancipate and make free the negro man slave 
called Frank of the estate of said dec'd. And according to the Statute 
Law of this State in such case made and provided we had enquired, examined 
and find the said Frank to be a healthy person and between twenty 

five and forty five years of age and have personally examined said 
Frank who appears desirous to be made free as aforesaid. We therefore 
hereby certify that the said Frank is a proper person to be emancipated 
and made free according to said Statute Law. Given under our hands 
in said Greenwich the 24th day of June AD 1797. 
                                                                              Amos Mead      Justices of
                                                                              Jabez Fitch        peace

Know all men by these presents that on receiving of the above 

certificate and by the direction of the will of the said decd Lucy Heusted 
we the subscribers Joshua Purdy of Rye in Westchester County and 
State of New York and Israel Peck of Greenwich in Fairfield County 
and State of Connecticut as executors of the last will of said dec'd Lucy 
Heusted Do hereby give, grant, emancipate, make free and set at Liberty 
the said negro slave called Frank free and clear from us as executors to said 
will and from any demand of any other person and that from the 
date hereof said Frank is permitted to go for himself and is to be a slave to no person and
is to transact business for himself which we give 
said Frank agreeably to the direction of the will of said dec'd as aforesaid 
as witnesses our hands and seals the 24th day of June AD 1797.
In presence of                                                              Joshua Mead    L.S.
Amos Mead                                                                 Israel Peck       L.S.
Jabez Fitch 

Rec'd to record June ye 24th AD 1797
and recorded by me Jabez Fitch  Register 

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