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African Nova Scotians in the Age of Slavery and Abolition

Certificates for Thomas Williams and his wife as "freeborn Blacks", 1 July 1781

Thomas Williams and his wife Hannah were Loyalists. They had lost their "free pass" and all their possessions in a shipwreck, but were able to have their status as "freeborn Blacks" certified by an official who had seen their passport previously. In 1789 Joseph Leonard and nearly 150 other black settlers including Thomas Williams applied for a land grant at Clements township. Warrants to survery 50 acres for each were issued, but the grant was never made.

Date: Recorded in orderly book at Halifax, late 1782 or early 1783

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records  Nova Scotia Archives  RG 1 volume 170 page 333 (microfilm 15282)

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