[Statement of] manumission of [two Indian slaves belonging to] John Hearn, 1762 June 12, Georgia

Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842
[Statement of] manumission of [two Indian slaves belonging to] John Hearn, 1762 June 12, Georgia
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Indians of North America
Child slaves
United States, Georgia, 32.75042, -83.50018
legal documents
This document is the legal statement of manumission for two Indian slaves, named Addin and Rachel, belonging to John Hearn of Great Ogeechee, Georgia, dated June 12, 1762. Hearn's statement indicates that the boy and girl are the children of his Indian slave, Diana, and are both currently indentured to other people. This document provides that the children will be made free when their indentures expire and is signed by two witnesses.
Digital image and encoded transcription of an original manuscript, scanned, transcribed and encoded by the Digital Library of Georgia in 2001, as part of GALILEO, funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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Cite as: [title of item], Telamon Cuyler, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, presented in the Digital Library of Georgia
3 pages/leaves
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Manuscript held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, Telamon Cuyler, box 12, folder 32, document 01.
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Hargrett Library

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To all people to whom these presents shall Come John Hearn of Great Ogeeche in the Province of Georgia Planter Sendeth Greeting Whereas the said John Hearn at the Time of the Sealing and delivery of these presents is legally~ possessed of an Indian Woman named Diana as his own Slave which said Indian has two Children a Boy and a Girl the Boy named Addin now under Indenture for a Term of years to William Patterson of Savannah in the said province Baker and the Girl named Rachel now under Indenture for a Term of years unto Isabella Stanley of Savanah aforesaid [unclear text: Mantua Maker ] the Wife of Joseph Stanley Now know ye that I the said John Hearn for divers [diverse] Good Causes and Considerations [illegible text] thereunto -- Moveing [Moving] have Given and Voluntarily Granted and by these presents do freely fully and absolutely give & grant to the said Addin and Rachel the two Children of my Sd. [Said] Indian Slave named Diana and to each of them their personal freedom from All manner of Slavery and Servitude~ whatsoever Save and accept the Term of years to come and Unexpired for which they are Severally Indented for their respective Master and Mistress To hold and enjoy such freedom by them the said Addin and Rachel in as full and ample Manner to all Constructions and intent whatsoever as if [added text: they ] the said Addin and Rachell had not been born of the aforesaid Indian Slave but had been Issue or Offspring of a perfectly free Woman and I the said [document damaged: John ] Hearn for myself my Executors and Administrators in further Declaration and Confirmation of my intent here [document damaged: in ] Do hereby declare and Announce that I do enfranchise Manumit and Sett [Set] free the said Addin and Rachell and each of them respectively of and from all manner of Slavery and

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whatsoever (except as before Excepted) and do freely and absolutely relinquish and release All right~ Title Interest property and demand whatsoever which I now have or which my Executors or Administrators may hereafter have Challenge or Claim of in or to the said Addin or Rachael or either of them for or in respect of Slaves or Servants in any way or manner howsoever In Witness whereof I the said John Hearn have to these presents set my hand and Seal the
twelfth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and Sixty two and in the Second year of the reign of our Sovereign King George the third over Great Britain &c. [et cetera]

[Signed] John Heard LS
Sealed and delivered
in the presence of}

[Signed] Matt Rocke
[Signed] Willm. [William] Patterson

Personally appeared before me William Patterson who being duly Sworn upon the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God upon his said Oath doth declare that he saw John Hearn Sign Seal and deliver the within writing and also Saw Matthew Rock sign the Same as a Witness to the said Writing

[Signed] Willm. [William] Patterson
Sworn and Signed this
12th day of June 1762 before me}
[Signed] J: Ottolenghe
Secretarys Office
A true Copy of the Original in Book (I) folio 509 & 510 [illegible text] & Certified the
29th Octr. [October] 1767
[Signed] Thos [unclear text: Moodie ] [unclear text: D Secry ]

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Hearn to two Slaves}