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.”

Know all men by these presents that I, William Tucker of Washington County in the District of Columbia, for divers good causes and considerations me thereunto moving have liberated, manumitted, set free and discharged from slavery and by these presents do liberate, manumit, set free and discharge from slavery my Negro slave woman named and called Eleanor Ann Norris aged about forty years, and of sound mind and body and fully able to work and maintain herself by her own labour, the said Negro slave woman to be forever hereafter liberated, manumitted, set free and discharged from slavery and all manner of servitude whatever.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand and affixed my seal this eighteenth day of September 1857.

Signed, sealed & delivered in presence of
(illegible) William Tucker {seal}
John S. Johnson
Thomas Dunn

District of Columbia
Washington County to wit:

On this nineteenth day of September 1857 personally appeared before me the subscriber, a Justice of the Peace duly commissioned and qualified in and for the county and District aforesaid, William Tucker party grantor to the foregoing and annexed deed of manumission or instrument of writing and acknowledged the same to be his act and deed for the purposes therein set forth and the Negro slave woman therein named to be forever liberated, manumitted, set free and discharged from all manner of slavery or servitude to him or any person claiming by through or under him or to any person or persons whatsoever.

Thomas Dunn J. P. {seal}