Records of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia Relating to Slaves, 1851-1863.
National Archives Microfilm Publication M433, Roll 3
“Manumission Papers, 1857-1863.”
District of Columbia
County of Washington}to wit
On this 16th day of December A. D. 1857 personally appeared before the subscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for the County aforesaid Nicholas Snyder and made oath in due form of law and saith that he knows a certain colored girl of light complexion named Dilialy Ann Payne of the County of Washington D. C. for the time of about eighteen years and knows further that the same was born free and that nobody has any claim against her freedom, to the best of his knowledge & belief.
Given under my hand & seal this sixteenth day of December A. D. 1857.
Chas. Walters, J. P.