OVER 218-219 Examination of Jane Thorn Nov 22 1811

Examination of Jane Thorn Nov 22 1811
Dutchess County fs. The examination of Jane Thorn black
woman taken before us the 22 Nov 1811 – says she was 
born at Flushing Long Island the slave of John Keys
and then was [given] to Joseph Thorn’s wife by her 
grandfather – some time after she went to live
with Joseph Thorn in Poughkeepsie town her new
master – with whom she has lived about twenty
years. She says that in the year 1797 she was
manumitted by her master Thorn, and that she
has a paper from the poormasters of Poughkeepsie
town which on inspection reads thus
“We the subscribers Overseers of the Poor of the
Town of Poughkeepsie do certify that Jane a 
black female slave aged about 30 years is 
manumitted by the consent of Joseph Thorn her
master, by his request by writing in our pos-
-session which we have agreed to be in our
opinion lawful – given under our
hands the 2 december 1797
John P Vermont } Overseer 
of poor
of town of 

The deponent says she has the Rheumatism badly
and wants some help from the town – she thinks 
she could support herself if she has a home in which 

which home she can have at her sisters at 
pleasant valley for 12/ a week or less –
Affirmed the 22 Nov
1811 before us
Peter R Maison
Daniel Hebard } justices her mark + Jane Thorn



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