074 Road Book A – May 13, 1808

Whereas Henry Dodge of the Town of Poughkeepsie
County of Dutchess & State of New York Farmer has made
application to us William Emott and Thomas Nelson,
Overseers of the Poor of the Town of Poughkeepsie County &
State aforesaid, in order to obtain a certificate immediately 
before the manumission of his slave Floro Westervelt a black
woman said to be thirty five years of age, agreeable to an
Act of the said State in such case made and provided–
We the said overseers having examined the before named
slave Floro, do hereby certify that she appears to be under
the Age of fifty years and of sufficient ability to provide 
for herself — Given underour hands at Poughkeepsie the
first day of April in the year one thousand eight hundred &
eight
Will.m Emott
Thomas Nelson} Overseersof the Poor
Witness present
John Reade
Thomas Nelson 

Know all men bythese Presents that I Henry Dodge
of the Town of Poughkeepsie County of Dutchess & State of New
York Farmer do hereby certify and make known that I have
this day set free and manumitted my slave Floro Westervelt
a Black Woman, said to be thirty five years of Age —
Agreeable to a Statute of this state in such case made &
provided, I do hereby for myself and my legal representatives
and every of them Absolutely, fully and freely renounce all
right of property, that I heretofore had in the said Floro
Westervelt, And do forever Acquit, release and discharge
her from all and every kind of servitude and dependance
as a slave tome or any other person who may hereafter
claim under me In witness whereof I have hereunto set 
my hand and seal this first day of April in the year one
thousand eight hundred & eight
Henry Dodge
Signed, sealed & delivered in the presents of
John Reade

Recorded 13th May 1808
Test Eben.r Badger Town Clerk

 

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