Free Negro Bond for Barton Bates
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Know all Men by These Presents,
That we, Barton Bates as prinipal
, and Richard G. Woodson as security,
are held and firmly bound unto the State of Missouri, in the just and
full sum of fivehundred Dollars, lawful money of the
United States, for the payment of which we bind ourselves, our heirs,
executors and administrators, firmly by these presents, sealed with
our seals, and dated this Third day of June A.D. 1861

The condition of the above Obligation is such, that whereas,the said
James Bateshas applied to the Board of
County Commissioners of St. Louis County for, and obtained a
license to reside in the State of Missouri, during good behavior:
Now, if the said applicant shall be of good character and behavior
during his residence in the State of Missouri, then this
obligation to be void, else of full force and virtue.


Barton Bates


RG. Woodson


formerly a slave of Sarah Bates.
Mulatto 34 years 5 feet 5 3/4 high. small scar on
the forehead
Farmer by occupation

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James Bates
Free Negro

June 3 1861.
S. W. Eager Jr.