"MANUMISSION OF JAMES BUTLER" WILL OF FELIX HUGHES

Transcribed by Bill A. Davison

 

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS: WHERAS it has been alledged that FELIX HUGHES our late father was intitled to the services of JAMES BUTLER a black man, and WHEREAS the said Felix Hughes did promise and agree that the said James Butler should be free from and after the death of the said Felix Hughes, And Whereas the said James Butler has conducted and behaved himself well and conformed to all his engagements with his said Master. Yet his Master died without giving the said James Butler any written evidence of his said Manumission. Now know ye that we Thomas Hughes and James Hughes sons of the said Felix Hughes do hereby as far as we are interested renounce all claim to the said James Butler and to his services.

Given under our hands and seals this fourth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and five. Thomas Hughes (SEAL) James Hughes (SEAL)

Signed and delivered in the presence of Wm. B. Gould Caty Clark

(GREENE COUNTY) SS: (SEAL) Before me the Subscriber a Justice of the peace in & for the said County personally appeared the above named Thomas Hughes and James Hughes & acknowledged the above instrument of writing to be their & each of their Act and Deed for the purpose therein mentioned.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and seal March 27, 1806. Recorded 2d April 1806. Examd. JOHN BOREMAN Recorder