Manumission of Samuel Lane by slaveholder Andrew Kirkpatrick

Manumission Book page 274 Samuel Lane certificate.jpg
Manumission Book page 275 Samuel Lane deed.jpg


Manumission of Samuel Lane by slaveholder Andrew Kirkpatrick


Slaveholder Andrew Kirkpatrick manumitted a man named Samuel Lane on August 21, 1818. Samuel Lane was between 21 and 40 years old, but his exact age was not recorded by the county officials.

The Middlesex County Book of Manumissions and Removals contains two records related to Samuel Lane’s manumission. The Certificate of Manumission, issued on August 21, 1818, by Middlesex County officials Abraham Van Arsdalen, Thomas Hance, and John Gillman, appears on page 274. The Deed of Manumission signed by Andrew Kirkpatrick on August 21, 1818, appears on pages 274-275. These documents were recorded in the book by Middlesex County Clerk William P. Deare on August 24, 1818.

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





Date on Certificate of Manumission


Date on Deed of Manumission


Date received by County Clerk


Text (Transcript)

[page 274]

Samuel }
Lane }
State of New Jersey Middlesex County to wit,
We do hereby certify that on this twenty first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen Andrew Kirkpatrick Esq. of the Township of North Brunswick in the said County, 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 named Samuel Lane, who on view and 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 and year above written. —

Abm. Van Arsdalen } Overseer of the Poor of the township of North Brunswick

Thos. Hance }
Jno. Gillman } Justices of the peace in & for the said county of Middlesex

Received August 24, 1818 & recorded
Deare Clk

Know all men by these presents that I Andrew Kirkpatrick of the city of New Brunswick in the State of New Jersey, for divers good causes and considerations me thereunto moving and especially in consideration of his services for several years to me rendered have liberated, manumitted and set free, and by these presents do liberate manumit and set free my =

[page 275]

= negro man named Sam, but who calls himself Samuel Lane to the end that he may at all times hereafter, have and enjoy all the liberties privileges and immunities of a free man, so far as the same are extended to men of his condition by the public law. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal on the twenty first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen. — 1818

Signed sealed and delivered } And. Kirkpatrick [seal]
in the presence of }
Thos. Hance }

Middlesex County ss: On the twenty fourth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen Andrew Kirkpatrick Esq. came before me Thomas Hance one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in & for said County, and did acknowledge that he signed sealed and delivered the above instrument of writing for the uses and purposes therein contained. —
Thos. Hance

Received August 24th 1818 recorded
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 Samuel Lane by slaveholder Andrew Kirkpatrick,” Scarlet and Black Digital Archive, Rutgers University, accessed July 15, 2024,