Manumission of Ambo by slaveholder John Neilson, original certificate

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Title

Manumission of Ambo by slaveholder John Neilson, original certificate

Description

Slaveholder John Neilson manumitted Ambo on January 16, 1822. This item is the original certificate of manumission signed by the Overseer of the Poor of the Township of North Brunswick (Abraham Van Arsdalen) and two Justices of the Peace for Middlesex County (James Dunham and Nicholas Booraem Jr.). This original was preserved in the Neilson Family Papers. A manuscript copy of this certificate along with a copy of John Neilson's deed of manumission for Ambo can also be found in the Book of Manumissions for Middlesex County on pages 351 and 353.

Date

1822-01-16

Language

English

Text (Transcript)

[outside]


Certificate of the Overseer

of the Poor &

two Justices of the Peace

Middlesex County respecting

my female servant woman

Ambo


Manumitted 16 January 1822


5 years


[inside front]


State of New Jersey 

Middlesex County to wit, We do hereby certify that 
on this sixteenth day of Janry. in the year of 
our Lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty two, 
John Neilson of the Township of North Brunswick 
in the County of Middlesex aforesaid, brought before 
us, the Overseer of the poor of the said Township of 
North Brunswick, and two of the Justices of the 
Peace of the said County of Middlesex, his female 
slave named Ambo who on view & examination 
appears to us to be sound in mind, and not under 
any bodily incapacity of obtaining a support, and 
also is not under the age of twenty one years nor above 
the age of forty years. — 
In witness whereof we have 
hereunto set our hands the day & year above written—


Abrm. Van Arsdalen } Overseer of the poor of the said township of North Brunsk.


James Dunham }
Nichs. Booraem Jr. } Justices of the peace in and for the said County of Middlesex

[inside back]

Received in Middlesex
Clerks office Janry. 16, 1822

Recorded in Book

of Manumissions - folio

351 by

Wm. P. Deare Clk

Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

Archival collection

Neilson Family Papers, 1768-1908 (MC 933)

Archival location

Box 4, Folder 45: J & J Neilson - Papers relating to purchase of slaves

Collection

Citation

North Brunswick (N.J.). Overseer of the Poor and Middlesex County (N.J.). Justice of the Peace, “Manumission of Ambo by slaveholder John Neilson, original certificate,” Scarlet and Black Digital Archive, Rutgers University, accessed June 27, 2022, https://scarletandblack.rutgers.edu/archive/items/show/195.