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 Quam by Estate of Lucy Heusted (1796)

by Joshua Purdy and Israel Peck, Executors
for the Estate of Lucy Heusted
Volume 14, Page 293-294
Signed: August 6, 1796
Recorded: August 6, 1796

State of Connecticut Fairfield County ss In Greenwich These may cer-

tify that application has been made to us the Subscribers Justices of the 
peace in and for Fairfield County by Joshua Purdy of Rye in West-
chester 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 (agreeable to the will of 
said dec'd to emancipate and make free the negro man slave called 
Quam 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 Quam to be a healthy person and between 
twenty five and forty five years of age and have examined it said Quam 
who appears desirous to be made free as aforesaid. We therefore hereby 
certify that the said Quam is a proper person to be emancipated and 
made free according to said Statute Law. Given under our hands in said Green-
wich the 6th day of August 1796. 
                                                                                   Amos Mead   
                                                                                   Jabez Fitch        Justices of

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

by the direction of the Will of the said the sea Heusted we the Subscrib-
ers Joshua Purdy of Rye in Westchester County and State of New York and 
Israel Peck of Greenwich in Fairfield County & State of Connecticut as executors of the last will 
Will of said Dec'd Lucy Heusted Do hereby give, grant, emancipate, make free 
and set at Liberty the said negro slave called Quam 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 Quam is permitted to go for himself and 
is to be a slave to no person but is to transact business for himself which we 
give said Quam agreeably to the direction of the will of said dec'd as 
aforesaid as witnesses our hands and seals the 6th day of August AD 1796.
In presence of                                                              Joshua Purdy    L.S.
Amos Mead                                                                 Israel Peck       L.S.
Jabez Fitch

Rec'd to record August 6th AD 1796

and recorded by me Jabez Fitch  Town Clerk. 

Recorded to record August 6th AD 1796 

and recorded by me Jabez Fitch Town Clerk

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