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 8th day of September 1857 before the subscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for the said county and District aforesaid appeared John Mills a person of lawful age and worthy of due credit and made oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that he is well acquainted with a man named John F. Gray who resides in the city of Washington and have known him about eight years. Said John F. Gray is about 21 years of age and was born of a free woman of color named Jane Gray who has always been reported as free and passed in the community as such.

Sworn before
Thomas Dunn
Justice of the Peace for District of Columbia