Griffen Griffen, certificate of freedom, May 26, 1821

Dutchess County fs.} In the case of Griffen Griffen a black man–

I James Emott first judge of Dutchess County do certify that on this twenty
sixth day of April in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty one
appeared before me Edmund H. Pendleton & Richard Teller + the said Edmund
testified that he saw Tobias L. Stoutenburgh sign the annexed paper of Manumission
and the said Richard testified that he has known Griffen Griffen the black man
therein named since his earliest recollection, and that the said Griffen resided with
the said Tobias for many years as his slave; from which proof I am of opinion and
do certify that the said Griffen is a free man according to the laws of this state
and became so on the fourth day of April Instant — The said Griffen lives in
Dutchess County is of the age of thirty one years was born in Hyde Park, about five
feet eight inches high, well set; is well looking and has a scar in the corner of his
left eye
James Emott
Recorded the above April 26th 1821
Teller's Hill to Stoutenburgh Church
Hyde Park, looking North from Teller’s Hill to Stoutenbergh Church.
1790 CL - Hyde Park
Hyde Park, 1790
legend for SAL

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