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The 1804 Indenture of Tom to Abraham Cornelison

This Indenture Made the twenty- ninth Day of / June in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and / four whereas Garrit Smith of Orange Town in Rockland / County and State of New York hath some time ago sold unto / Doctor Abraham Cornelison of Clarkstown in the County / and state aforesaid a Negro Wench who had with her a / male child named Tom who was agreeable to a Law of this / state born free and as the said child was not mentioned / in the bill of sale given for the said wench the parties to / these presents have agreed, in manner hereafter mentioned / viz: that the said Garrit Smith for himself his heirs, / Executors and Administrators shall not have any use or bene- / fit hereafter of the said negro child but that the said / Abraham Cornelison his heirs and assigns shall be en- / titled to the service of the same until he shall arrive to / the age of twenty-eight years In Witness whereof the said / Garrit Smith hath hereunto set his hand and seal the / say and here above written -------------/ Sealed and Delivered / in the presence of us. / Garret Smith / Andres Vanorden / John Hogan Jr.

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