Sussex Co., VA - 13 Deeds of Emancipation
Deed of Emancipation - Henry Moss Slaves 1787
(Deed Book G, page 125, Sussex Co.VA.)
I Henry Moss of Sussex County in Virginia after full and deliberate
consideration and agreeable to our Bill of Rights, am fully persuaded
that Freedom is the natural Right of all man kind and that no Law,
moral or divine hath given me a just Right, or property in the person
of any of my fellow creatures and desirous to fulfil the injunction our
Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ by doing to all others as I w'd. be done by
do hereby set free from Bondage the following Negroes viz. Peter,
Ephraim, Phill, Beck, Diley, Edmund and Salley, and do for myself my
Heirs, Executors, and Administrators from this day Release unto the
said Negroes all my Right and all my claim whatsoever as to their
person or to any Estate they may acquire hereby declareing the said
Negroes absolutely free without any Interruption from me or any person
claiming under me, as several of the above named Negroes are yet in
their nonage I desire to have the care and Guardianship and Instruction
of the said children till they arrive at full which happens Peter
January the first one thousand seven Eighty Eight, Beck the same Day
and Date, Diley January the first one thousand seven hundred and ninety
three, Ephraim January the first ninety seven, Phill January ninety
Eight, Edmund January the first one thousand eight hundred & seven,
Salley January the first one thousand eight hundred and twelve at which
several periods I discharge the above named children from any
engagements to be me or any person claiming under me In Witness whereof
I have set my hand & seal this fourteenth Day of December one thousand
seven hundred and Eighty Seven.
Henry Moss (Seal)
In presence of}
At a Court held for Sussex County the 20th day of Dec'r. 1787.
This Deed of Emancipation from Henry Moss to the Several Slaves therein
mentioned was acknowledged & ordered to be Recorded.
Teste Mich'l.Bailey C.S.C.