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Caroline County Maryland, Certificates of Freedom, 1827-1857

Volume 834, Page 352

To Capt.n Joseph Richardson Clerk of Caroline County Court
The undersigned a free negro of Caroline County wishing to visit Philadelphia for the purpose
of seeing his brother and sister   By an Act of Assembly of this State it is necessary my intention
of leaving this State should be known to you   It is my intention to return here again within four
months from this date   Given under my hand this 21.st day of April 1835
Test                                                                                                   his
William Councell                                                              Wilson + Downes
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Volume 834, Page 349

 

are permitted to travil out of this State upon the obtention of a certificate of being free born
and whereas also upon the oath of Curtis Andrew of Caroline County that the said negro
man named Joshua Downes for whom this certificate is made was free born, I do therefore grant
his said application and hereby certify that from his own account he was twenty two years
of age the twenty ninth day of August last six feet one and a quarter inches high or
thereabouts of a bright mulattoe complexion was born and raised in Caroline County
and has no notable marks or scars that I can discover
(seal) In Testimony whereof I hereto subscribe my name and affix the public seal of
my office this 21.st day of April Anno Domini 1835
Cost $1.00 Jo Richardson Clk of
Caroline County Court

State of Maryland Caroline County to wit; Whereas application hath been made to me
by a negro man named Wilson Downes for a certificate of his freedom agreeably to the
Acts of Assembly in such case made and provided by which said act free negroes and
mulattoes are permitted to travil out of this State upon the obtention of a certificate
of being free born; and whereas also upon the oath of Curtis Andrew of Caroline
County that the said negro man named Wilson Downes for whom this certificate is
made was free born I do therefore grant his said application and hereby certify
that from his own account he was twenty one years of age the first day of April
Instant five feet eleven and one quarter Inches high or thereabouts of a brown complexion
born and raised in Caroline County and has a scar of a cut on the top of his
right foot extending obliquely across the big toe and the middle finger of his right
hand a little crooked and has no other notable marks or scars that I can discover
(seal)   In Testimony whereof I hereto subscribe my name and affix the public seal
of my Office this 21.st day of April Anno Domini 1835
Cost $1.00                                                                        Jo Richardson Clk of
Caroline County Court

Volume 834, Page 356

M.r Richardson
The undersigned a free negro of Caroline County wishing
to visit the City of Philadelphia for the purpose of seeing his relations &.c
By an act of this state it is necessary my intentions of leaving this state
should be made known unto you               It my intention to return here
again            Given under my hand this 14th day of June 1836
Test      Tho. V. Bishop                                   his
Edwin + Downes
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M.r Richardson
Sir, The undersigned a free negro of Caroline County
wishing to visit Philadelphia for the purpose of seeing her relations &c
By an act of this state it is necessary my intentions of leaving this state
should be made known unto unto you   It my intention to return
here again within one month from this date   Given under my
hand this 14th day of June 1836                           her
Test   Tho. V. Bishop                                    Phebe + Downes
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State of Maryland Caroline County to wit; Whereas application hath been made to me by a negro
man named Jefferson Downes for a certificate of his freedom agreeably to the act of assembly
in such case made and provided by which said act free negroes and mulattoes are permitted
to travel out of this state upon the obtention of a Certificate of being free born; And whereas
also upon the oath of William Price of Queen Anns County that the said negro man named
Jefferson Downes for whom this Certificate is made was free born I do therefore grant his
said application and hereby certify that from his own account he was twenty one years
of age the seventh day of July Instant five feet eight inches high or thereabouts was born
and raised in Caroline County of a black complexion has no flesh marks that I
have observed
(seal) In Testimony whereof I hereto subscribe my name and affix the public
seal of my office this 30th day of July Anno Domini 1831
Cost $1.00 Cts Jo Richardson Clk of
Caroline County Court

 

Volume 834, Page 50  State of Maryland Caroline County to wit Whereas application hath been made to me by a
negro man named William Flamer for a certificate of his freedom agreeably to the act of
assembly in such case made and provided by which said act free negroes and mulattoes
are permitted to travel out of this State upon the obtention of a certificate of being free born
And whereas also upon the oath of Isaac Vinson of Caroline County that the said negro
man named William Flamer for whom this certificate is made was free born. I do therefore
grant his said application and hereby certify that from his own account he is about thirty
three or thirty four years of age five feet seven and three quarter inches high or thereabouts
of a dark mulatto complexion born and raised in Caroline County and has a small
scar of a cut nearly perpendicular in the middle of his forehead and another small scar caused as he says by the bite of a dog on his left arm and no other notable marks orscars that I have observed

(seal) In Testimony whereof I hereto subscribe my name and affix the public seal of
my office this 11th day of July Anno Domini 1831
Cost $1.00 Cts Jo Richardson Clk of
Caroline County Court

Volume 834, Page 165

State of Maryland Caroline County to wit; Whereas application hath been made to me by
a mulatto man named Benjamine Downes for a certificate of his freedom agreeably to the
acts of assembly in such case made and provided by which said acts free negroes and
mulattoes are permitted to travel out of this state upon the obtention of a certificate
of being free born; and whereas also upon the oath of Jonathan Nicols of Caroline
County aforesaid that the said mulatto man named Benjamine Downes for whom
this certificate is made was free born; I do therefore grant his said application
and hereby certify that from his own account he was twenty seven years of age
on the twenty fifth day of December last past six feet and three quarter of an
inch high or thereabouts was born and raised in Caroline County Complexion
Mulatto and has a scar of a cut on the back of his right hand and another scar
of a cut just above the instep on his left leg and his face scared by the small
pox and has no other notable marks or scars that I have observed, In Testimony
(Seal)                   whereof I hereto subscribe my name and affix the public seal
of my office this 16th day of December Eighteen hundred and
forty one                                           Jo Richardson, Clk
Cost $1:00                                          Caroline County Court

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State of Maryland Caroline County to wit Whereas
application hath been made to me by a negro man named
Isaac Downes for a certificate of his freedom agreeably to Law
And whereas upon the oath of John S. Connelly has been
proven that said negro man was born free I do therefore
grant this Certificate. He is about 27 years of age 5 feet
11¾ inches high or thereabouts of a light Chesnutt Complexion
and has a small scar on the upper lip just under the nose and
no other notable marks or scars that I have observed
In Testimony whereof I hereunto subscribe
my name and affix the seal of the Circuit
(Seal) Court for Caroline County this 28th day
of February Anno Domini 1853
Thomas F Garey Clk

State of Maryland Caroline County to wit; Whereas application hath
been made to me by coloured woman named Rachel Downes for a certificate
of her freedom agreeably to the act of assembly in such case made and
provided by which said act free negroes and mulattoes are permitted to
travel out of this state upon the obtention of a certificate of being free
born and whereas also upon the oath of Lidia Stanton of Caroline County
that the said coloured woman named Rachel Downes for whom this
certificate is made was free born I do therefore grant her said application
and hereby certify that from her own account she was nineteen
years of age in February last five feet three and a quarter inches high
or thereabouts of a dark mulatto complexion was born and raised in
Caroline County has a scar of a cut crossing obliquely the back of her

left little finger between the middle and hand joints and no another fine
scar as of a scratch on the back of her left hand extending nearly from
the hand joint in a straight direction towards the wrist and no other notable
marks or scars that I have observed
(seal) In Testimony whereof I hereto subscribe my name and affix the public
seal of my office this 20th day of August 1829
Cost $1.00 Jo Richardson Clk of
Caroline County Court

tate of Maryland Caroline County to wit; Whereas heretofore to wit; on the twelfth
day of June in the year of our Lord Seventeen hundred and ninety a certain Solomon
Kenton of Caroline County by Deed of manumission duly executed acknowledged and
recorded among the land records of Caroline County did manumit and set free a
certain negro man named Charles now calling himself Charles Downes to be free
from and after the first day of January Eighteen hundred and five and the said negro
man named Charles now calling himself Charles Downes having made application
to me for a certificate of his freedom agreeably to the act of assembly in such case

made and provided and whereas also upon the oath of Joshua Cranor of Caroline County
that the said negro man named Charles (now calling himself Charles Downes for whom this
certificate is made is the same person mentioned in the said manumission I do therefore
grant his said application and hereby certify ^that^ from his age as expressed in the said manumission
he is fifty years of age or thereabouts five feet nine and three quarter inches
high or thereabouts of a dark brown complexion born and raised in Caroline County
has a small scar of a sore on his breast and has no other notable marks or scars
that I have observed
(seal) In Testimony whereof I hereto subscribe my name and affix the public seal of
my office this 3.d day of September Anno Domini 1834
Cost $1.00 Jo Richardson Clk of
Caroline County Court

15 Minutes of Fame of Wilson Downes, Flamer, Cephas

15 MINUTES OF FAME

Church                Afro  American Newspaper Jan 8,1927

Community section article of Ridgely, Maryland

Replanted Zion M.E church, Rev. J. H. Stevenson, pastor. On Saturday morning union services were held at Trinity A.M.E. church, Rev. T.F. Chaney, pastor. The history of the birth of the Christ Child was given in a gospel message by the pastor, Replanted Zion M. E. church Rev. Stevenson.                                             Saturday evening between six or seven, the members from both churches met in town and sang Christmas songs around the community Christmas tree in commemoration of the birth of Christ. Many whites were present to hear the singing, in spite of  the increment weather.

Replanted Zion M. E. church was my father’s and his parents home church in Ridgely.

Wilson

 

My paternal ancestors were listed in the same article about town visitors or trips.

Elwood Mason of Wilmington, Del. visited his mother Mrs. Ella Cephas.

Misses Mary Blake and Reba Dunn of Philadelphia, visited their aunt and mother, Mrs. Hattie Stanford.

Mrs Maggie Seth, of Philadelphia visited her mother and sister, Mrs. Sarah Flamer and Mrs. Amanda Henry.

Wilson Downes and Mrs. Hattie  Stanford are home after several weeks in Philadelphia and Germantown.