094 Road Book A – February 6, 1816

Whereas Stephen Booth of the Town of Reading County of 
Fairfield & State of Connecticut has made application to us John 
Forbus & Robert Noxon overseers of the poor of the Town of Pough-
keepsie in the county of Dutchess and state of New York in order to 
obtain a certificate immediately before the manumission of his slave 
Gin Booth a woman of colour, said to be forty three years of age 
or thereabouts agreeable to an act of the Legislature of the state of 
New York entitled an act concern slaves and servants passed the eighth 
day of April 1801 We the said overseers having examined the before 
named Gin Booth do on mature deliberation hereby certify that 
she appears to be under the age of fifty years and of sufficient ability 
to provide for herself Given under our hands at Poughkeepsie the 18th
day of January in the year one thousand eight hundred & sixteen
 
John Forbus
Robert Noxon} overseers of the Poor
 
Present witness
John Baker
 
 
Know all men by these presents that I Stephen Booth of the Town 
of Reading County of Fairfield and State of Connecticut do hereby certify 
and make known that I have this day set free and manumitted my 
slave Gin Booth a woman of colour said to be about forty three
years old or thereabouts agreeable to an act of the Legislature of 
the State of New York entitled an act concerning slaves and servants 
passed the the eighth day of April 1801 and do hereby for myself and 
my legal Representatives and every of them absolutely fully & freely 
renounce all right of property that I heretofore had in the said Gin
Booth and do forever acquit release and discharge her from all and 
every kind of servitude or dependance as a slave to me or any other 
person who may hereafter claim under me In witness where of I have here
unto set my hand and seal at Poughkeepsie the 18th day of January 
in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixteen
 
Stephen Booth
Signed sealed in Presence of 
John Baker
 
Recorded Feb.y 6th 1816 Daniel Hebard Town Clerk  
 

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