Free Negro Bond for Mary and Rhoda
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State of Missouri
Montgomery County

In the Circuit Court
March Term 1842
Willis G. Shackleford presented
for proof a deed of Emancipation from Janus
Hays to Mary and Rhoda two negro slaves which
did by order of the Court is spread upon
the Record as follows- "Know all men by
these presents that I Janus Hays of the County
of Montgomery and the state of Missouri for and
in consideration of the services and attention
rendered me by my two slaves Mary and
Rhoda (the former aged about thirty eight
years last July and the latter aged twenty
three years last October) and the further con
=sideration of the sum of sixty dollar to
me in hand paid by the said Mary and
Rhoda the receipt of which I do hereby ac
knowledge have and by these presents do
discharge release set free + entirely acquit
the said Mary + Rhoda from all service
obedience or control of myself my heirs
+c. forever hereby surrendering all right
and title to or in the said Mary + Rhoda
any law or usage to the contrary not with
=standing intending and declaring
this instrument to operate as a perfect and
of emancipation. In writing, whereof I have
hereunto subscribe my name and affix
my seal this 7th day of January A.D 1842


E.W.S. Wingford

Oliver McEwen

Montreville Hambleton

W.G. Shackleford

Janus S [abovehis][belowmark] Hays


Whereupon the said Oliver M Ewen

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HambletonMontreville Hambleton and Willis
G. Shackleford three of subscribing Witness
to the said deed appeared in Court and being
duly sworn upon their oath say that the said
Janus Hays signed said and in their pre
=sence and acknowledge the same to be
his act and deed for the purpose therein
mentioned and that at his request they sub
scribed their names to said and as Witnesses"

State of Missouri
Montgomery County

I Jacob L. Sharp
Clerk of the Circuit Court in and for the
County aforesaid certify the foregoing to b a true copy from the record of said Court at
the Term therein
In Witness whereof I have here
unto set my hand and affixed
the seal of said court at
in the Town of Danville the
12th day of March in the year of our Lord 1842.

Jacob L. Sharp Clerk

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