Birth record for Harry, son of Hannah, reported by slaveholder Robert Boggs

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Title

Birth record for Harry, son of Hannah, reported by slaveholder Robert Boggs

Description

Slaveholder Robert Boggs reports that Hannah, an enslaved woman, gave birth to son Harry in North Branch, Somerset County, on February 20, 1826. Robert Boggs states that he recently purchased Hannah and Harry from their previous owner Abraham Dumont, and that Abraham Dumont failed to report Harry's birth to the Somerset County Clerk in 1826.

Date

1829-02-06

Temporal Coverage

1826-02-20

Language

English

Text (Transcript)

79

Harry 

I, Robert Boggs, of the city of New Brunswick in the township of North Brunswick in the County of Middlesex and State of New Jersey, Attorney at Law, do hereby certify, to the Clerk of the County of Middlesex, that I have in my possession a negro male child called Harry, who with his mother called Hannah, a slave I lately purchased of Abraham Dumont of North Branch in the County of Somerset, that the said Abraham Dumont has informed me that he had never certified the age of the said negro boy Harry to the Clerk of the County of Somerset, but that the said negro boy Harry would be three years old on the twentieth day of February eighteen hundred and twenty nine, which is the only knowledge I have of his age. Witness my hand this fifth day of February eighteen hundred and twenty nine.

Robt Boggs

Rec-d Febry 6th and recorded by Thompson Clerk

Page

79

Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

Archival collection

Middlesex County (N.J.). Records, 1688-1929 (MC 784.1)

Archival location

Birth of Slaves, 1804-1844

Citation

Middlesex County Clerk, “Birth record for Harry, son of Hannah, reported by slaveholder Robert Boggs,” Rutgers Scarlet and Black Project, accessed June 24, 2021, https://www.scarletandblackproject.com/archive/items/show/94.