The following are transcriptions of records I have found in the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland, Book AX, related to slaves during the year 1831. I do not believe these are all such records in this book during this time period, but I transcribe such records as I find them…
To all whom it may or doth concern. Be it known that I David Long of Worcester County and State of Maryland for divers good causes and considerations me hereunto moving as
also in further consideration of three hundred dollars current money to me in hand paid have released from Slavery, liberated manumitted and set free the following negro slaves to wit Hannah whom I bought oo Cap. Lev. Henderson now thirty five years old and her children to wit Henry L. Purnell was born October 26th 1826 John W. Purnell was born January 27th 1828 all able to work and gain a sufficint livelyhood and maintenance and thus the said Negroes Hannah and her children to wit
Page 105 Henry L. Purnell and John W. Purnell, I do hereby declare to be free and their spous also to be free manumitted and discharged from all manner of servitude or service to me
my heirs Escro. admis. or assigns forever. the true intent and meaning of these presents is that the said Negros are free. In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed my seal this ninth day of May Anno Dom. 1831.Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Abra. Melvin and James Willis.David Long (SEAL)
Worcester County State of Maryland. Be it remembered that on the day and year first herein before written personally appeared David Long before me the subscriber one of theJustices of the Peace for the County and State aforesaid and acknowledged the within Instrument of writing to be his act and Deed and the negroes therein mentioned to be free and discharfed from all manner of service to him his heirs Escro adms. or assigns
together with their Spe– according to the purport true intent and meaning of the same and the acts of Assembly in such cases made and provided. Acknowledged before Abra. Melvin
May the tenth day Anno Domini Eighteen hundred and thirty one there was delivered unto me the subscriber the foregoing Deed of Manumission in order to be enrolled among the
records of Worcester County, which said Deed of Manumission together with the acknowledgement thereof thereon endorsed are accordingly recorded among the same records in Liber AX folio 104 and 105. John C. Handy, clk
List of Negroes brought from the State of Virginia into Worcester County State of Maryland on the 20th day of March 1831 by Matthias N. Lindsey in right of his wife Ann Hocomb – Negro woman Agness 21 years of age. Negro girl Charity. 2 years 6 months.Tp John C. Handy, clk. Matthias N. Lindsey
May the tenth day Anno Domini Eighteen hundred Thirty one there was delivered unto me the subscriber the foregoing List of importation of Negores in order to be enrolled among the records of Worcester County, which said List of importation of Negroes is accordingly recorded among the same records and Liber AX folio 105. John C. Handy clk.
Page 472A List of Negro man. imported by the subscriber on the Nineteenth day of January one thousand Eight hundred and thirty two from Accomack County in the State of Virginia to
Worcester County in the State of Maryland to wit- a Negro man named George aged 32 years a title to which negro man I acquired by intermarriage with a certain Ann Hocomb of
Accomack County in the State of Virginia. given under my hadn this 17th day of February 1832. Matthias N. LindseyTo the clerk of Worcester County February the Seventeenth day Anno Domini Eighteen hundred and thirty two there was delivered unto me the subscriber the foregoing List of importation of a Negro in order to be Enrolled among the records of Worcester County which said List of Importation of a Negro is accordingly recorded among the same records in Liber AX folio 472. John C.
…Page 472This Indenture made on this eleventh day of February in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and thirty two between Thomas Johnson of Somerset County and State of Maryland of the one part and John Johnson of Worcester County and State aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth
Page 473that for and in consideration of the sun of one hundered and twenty five Dollars current money by the said John Johnson to the said Thomas Johnson in had paid at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt of which he doth hereby acknowledge and himself to be therewith fully satisfied counted and paid the said Thomas Johnson hath bargained & sold by these presents doth bargain and sell unto the said John Johnson one Negro Girl called Hanna aged nine years- to have and to hold the said Hanna to him his heirs and assigns forever- which Negro Girl I shall and will warrant and defend forever by these presents against the claims of all persons whomsoever. In testimony whereof the said Thomas Johnson has hereuoto set his hand and seal on the day and year
first above written. Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Joseph Leonard.
Thomas Johnson (SEAL)