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Ritchie, William (fl. 1779-1815) [Certificate of manumission signed by Frederick County clerk, William Ritchie]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09775 Author/Creator: Ritchie, William (fl. 1779-1815) Place Written: Frederick County, Maryland Type: Document signed Date: 7 May 1807 Pagination: 1 p. ; 31.5 x 19.7 cm.

Summary of Content: One certificate from William Ritchie dated Frederick County Court, May 7, 1807 addressed to the State of Maryland. Grants freedom to a formerly enslaved woman Jenny Maynard. States that this was drafted by Henry Maynard who granted her manumission per a supplemental act. Also describes Maynard's physical characteristics. Document was drafted and signed by Frederick County Court clerk, William Ritchie.

Background Information: The supplement act referred to in the document is No. 67, "An act relating to negroes, and to repeal the acts of assembly therein mentioned," from the Proceedings and Act of ...General Assembly, 1796.See More

People: Maynard, Jenny, fl. 1807
Maynard, Henry, fl. 1807
Ritchie, William , fl. 1779-1815

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: African American HistoryAfrican AmericansSlaveryEnslaved peopleFreedom and IndependenceManumission

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery

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