Section VI - Massey Data Bank One Maryland Massey Family by George Langford, Jr. 1901-1996
©Cullen G. Langford and George Langford, III, 2010

Maryland Land Records, Queen Anne's County, Liber STW #8, Folio 114-115
Manumission of Negro Daniel by John Massey, to be effective January 1, 1807

March 10, 1806: John Massey executes the manumission of a slave named Daniel, to be effective on the first of January of the following year, after receiving $600 cash from Robert Mattey in consideration for doing so.  Witnesses: William Beck and James P. Leary; and ratified by Justice of the Peace George Palmer of Queen Anne's County.

Note: High-reolution images of the deed at right can be viewed at the Maryland State Archives, but registration is required in advance of doing so. Once you have registered, you can access the images by entering the county clerk's initials ("STW" in this example) and volume number ("8" above) and the folio page number ("114" above).

Queen Anne's County to wit: Be it remembered that on the tenth day of March Anno Domini eighteen hundred and six the following manumission was brought to be recorded to wit:
To all to whom it may concern: Be it known that I, John Massey of Queen Anne's County in the state of Maryland, for diverse good causes and considerations now thereunto moving as also in further consideration of six hundred dollars current money to me to be paid by Robert Mattey of the county aforesaid to release the first day of January eighteen hundred and seven from slavery, liberate, manuminate, and set free, and by these presents do hereby on the date aforesaid release from slavery, liberate, manumate, and set free my Negro man named Daniel being the age of five and thirty years and able to work and gain a sufficient livelihood and maintenance, and him the said negro man named Daniel I also declared to be free at the time aforesaid, manumitted, and discharged from all manner of servitude or service to me, my executor, or administrator, forever. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this fifth day of March in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and six.
John Massey {seal}

Signed, sealed and delivered
in the presence of
William Beck
James P. Leary.

On the back of the original manumission was thus endorsed to wit:

Queen Anne's County, to wit: On this first day of March 1806 personally appeared John Massey, party to the written instrument of writing, before me, the subscriber, a Justice of the Peace of the State of Maryland for the aforesaid County, and acknowledged the same to be his act and deed for the purposes within mentioned and the Negro man within named to be discharged from all service to him or to any claiming under him and to be free and manumitted according to the act of assembly in such cases made and provided.
Acknowledged before
George Palmer
Maryland Land Records, Queen Anne's County,Manumission of Negro Daniel by John Massey, to be effective January 1, 1800
Maryland Land Records, Queen Anne's County,Manumission of Negro Daniel by John Massey, to be effective January 1, 1800