Manumission of Abraham Glasgow by slaveholder Andrew Kirkpatrick

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Manumission Book page 084 Abraham Glasgow deed.jpg


Manumission of Abraham Glasgow by slaveholder Andrew Kirkpatrick


Slaveholder Andrew Kirkpatrick manumitted a man named Abraham Glasgow on May 1, 1809. Kirkpatrick and Glasgow appeared in court on April 29, 1809. The county officials examined Abraham Glasgow’s certificate of baptism to confirm that he was between the age of 21 and 40 years, but his exact age was not recorded by the court.

The Middlesex County Book of Manumissions and Removals contains two records related to Abraham Glasgow’s manumission. The Certificate of Manumission, issued on April 29, 1809, by Middlesex County officials John Van Nuis, Asa Runyon, and Thomas Hance, appears on page 83. The Deed of Manumission signed by Andrew Kirkpatrick on May 1, 1809, appears on page 84. These documents were recorded in the book by Middlesex County Clerk William P. Deare on May 1, 1809.

You can learn more about Andrew Kirkpatrick (1756-1831) and the people that he enslaved in our New Jersey Slavery Records database.






New Jersey Slavery Records database: 1809, Abraham Glasgow, Manumission
New Jersey Slavery Records database: Andrew Kirkpatrick (1756-1831)
New Jersey Slavery Records database: Abraham Glasgow

Date on Certificate of Manumission


Date on Deed of Manumission


Date received by County Clerk


Text (Transcript)

[page 83]

Glasgow, otherwise called }

Abraham Glasgow }

Slave of Andw. Kirkpatrick }

Middlesex County to wit, We do hereby certify, that on this twenty ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine Andrew Kirkpatrick of North Brunswick in the said county of Middlesex brought before us the overseer of the poor of the said township, and two of the justices of the peace of the said county, his slave commonly called Glasgow, but who call himself Abraham Glasgow, who on view and examination appears to us to be sound in mind and not under any bodily disability or incapacity of obtaining a support, and also, as manifestly appears and from his certificate of batpism, and from his own representation, is not under the age of twenty one years, nor above the age of forty years.— In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands on the day and year above written.

John Van Nuis } Overseer of the Poor of the township of North Brunswick

Asa Runyon }
Thos. Hance } Justices of the peace in & for the said county of Middlesex

Received April 29th 1809 & recorded by
Deare Clk

[page 84]

Manumission }
of }
Glasgow }
Know all men by these presents, that I Andrew Kirkpatrick of the City of New Brunswick in the State of New Jersey, and chief justice of the said State, for divers good causes and considerations me thereunto moving, and especially for and in consideration of his faithful services to me heretofore rendered, Have liberated, manumitted and set free, and by these presents do liberate, manumit and set free my negro man Glasgow to the intent that he may enjoy from henceforth all the liberties privileges and advantages which according to the laws and customs of New Jersey a freed man may have hold and enjoy.
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal on this first day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine 1809.

Signed sealed and delivered } Andrew Kirkpatrick [seal]
in the presence of }
Anna Maria Bayard }
Mary Ann Kirkpatrick }

Middlesex ss: Be it known that on this first day of May in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred & nine before me Jacob Van Wickle one of the justices of the peace in and for the County of Middlesex came Andrew Kirkpatrick Esq. Chief justice of said State of New Jersey and acknowledged that he signed sealed and delivered the within deed of manumission as his act and deed for the uses and purposes therein expressed.—
Jacob Van Wickle

Received May 1st, 1809 & recorded by
Deare Clk




Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

Archival collection

Middlesex County (N.J.). Records, 1688-1929 (MC 784.1)

Archival location

Manumission of Slaves, 1800-1825



Middlesex County Clerk, “Manumission of Abraham Glasgow by slaveholder Andrew Kirkpatrick,” Scarlet and Black Digital Archive, Rutgers University, accessed April 19, 2024,