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This legal document, between Susan Ursin Niemcewicz and Peter and Sarah Van Horn, is for the manumission (release from slavery) of Peter and Sarah Van Horn. The husband and wife were guaranteed payment, food, and clothing for future service to Susan. If one of them were to die, their wages would go to their son, Robert, at the completion of his service at the age of 25. It was signed in the presence of Mose Chandler. The file includes the original with signatures and marks, as well as a copy. There's additional text on the original verso stating that Peter and Sarah were paid after Susan's death, witnessed by James Crane.
Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, formerly Susan Livingston and Susan Kean (1759-1833)
Peter Van Horn, Sarah Van Horn
Bay 1, Column 2, LHC Series 2
Niemcewicz, Susan U., Peter Van Horn, and Sarah Van Horn. Susan Ursin Niemcewicz with Peter and Sarah Van Horn, May 2, 1829. Manuscript. From Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University, Liberty Hall Collection 1820s. https://digitalcommons.kean.edu/lhc_1820s/1
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