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.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Emancipation of Tone by Thomas and Mary, widow of John Green (1816)

by Thomas & Mary, widow of John Green
Volume 17, Page 405-406
Signed: April 15, 1816
Recorded: April 15, 1816  

State of Connecticut Fairfield County ss in Greenwich this may certify that application 
has been made to us the Subscribing authority Justices of Peace in & for sd Fairfield 
County by Thomas Green of sd Greenwich & Mary Green Widow of John Green late of sd Greenwich dec'd to Emancipate their Negro man named Tone & according to the Statute 
Law of this State entitled an act in addition to and alteration of an act concerning Indians 
Molato & Negro Servants & Slaves we have enquired examined & find the sd Tone to be a 
healthy person & between the age of Forty & forty five years of age and have personally 
examined the sd Tone who wishes to be made free & Emancipated as aforesaid   We therefore 
hereby Certify that the sd Tone is a proper person to be made free & emancipated 
agreeable to sd Statute Law.  Given under our hands and Test of Office 15th day of April 
Ebenr Mead    Civil Authority
Jabez Mead   Justices of peace

Know all men by these presents that on receiving the above certificate 
we the subscribers Thomas Green and Mary Green both of sd Greenwich 
do hereby give grant emancipate & make free and set at Liberty the sd Negro free & clear 
from us our heirs and every other person or persons claiming him from or under us or them 
and from and after the date hereof he the sd Tone is permitted to go for himself & be a Slave 
to no person & transact his own business. In witness whereof we have set our hands 
& seals in Greenwich the 15th day of April 1816.
In presence of                                                                     Thomas Green   L.S.
Samuel Brown                                                                    Mary Green     L.S.
Nathaniel Knapp

Rec'd to record April ye 15th AD 1816 and recorded by me Hezekiah Tracy  Register

1 comment:

  1. I am trying to research if Tone is my 4th great-grandfather. My 3rd great-grandparents were Allen Green and Mary (Johnson) Green, both born in Greenwich, CT and buried in Union Cemetery in Greenwich. The search continues...