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Monday, October 26, 2015

John Carter of Lancaster County freed Slaves

Carter, John of Lancaster County was one of the largest slaveholders in the Colony, and by his last will and testament gave freedom to two of his negroes who were married to each other. To each one he devised a cow and a calf and three barrels of Indian corn, and instructed his heirs to allow them the use of a convenient house, firewood, timber, and as much land as they could cultivate.  He also enjoined that the two young daughters of this couple should receive their liberty when they reached their 18th year and as a provision, gave them each one a yearling heifer with its increase, which was to be permitted to run with the cattle of his wife after his death. Source: Records of Lancaster County, vol. 1674-1687, p. 91.

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