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 Sib by Jared Mead (1799)

by Jared Mead
Volume 14, Page 367-368
Signed: January 7 and 10, 1799
Recorded: January 10, 1799     

State of Connecticut Fairfield County ss In Greenwich
Whereas application has been made to us the subscribers Justices of peace 
in said Fairfield County by Jared Mead of said Greenwich expressing 
a desire to emancipate and make free his negro woman Sib. And 
agreeably 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 Sib to be a healthy person and between twenty five and forty
five years of age. And also have personally examined said Sib 
who appears desirous to be made free as aforesaid. We therefore 
hereby certify that the said Sib 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 7th day of January AD 1799.                          
                                                                    Benjamin Mead    Justice of peace
                                                                    Jabez Fitch    Justice of peace

Know all men by these presents that on reviewing the above 
certificate I the subscriber Jared Mead of said Greenwich in Fairfield County 
and State of Connecticut  Do hereby give, grant, emancipate, make 
free and set at liberty my negro woman slave called Sib free and 
clear from me, my heirs, executors and administrators and from 
every person claiming from, by or under me or them and that she 
be a Slave to no person and from the date hereof said Sib is per-
mitted to go for herself and transact her own business according 
to the Statute Law above mentioned.  In witness whereof I have 
hereunto set my hand and seal the 10th day of January Anno Domini  1799.
In presence of                                                     Jared Mead  L.S.
Sarah Fitch                                   
Jabez Fitch                              Rec'd to record January ye 4th AD 1799
                                                      And recorded by me Jabez Fitch  Register

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