|Free People of Colour Before the End of Slavery
| Freedom Oath
Basil Brooks is about 17 years old, has a yellow complexion, and is 5 feet 4 inches tall. He has
a scar on his right cheek near his ear and a scar on his right thingh near the knee. He was
freed by the will of Mary G. Hardey dated 28 July 1829. Identified by Robert W. Hunter of
Alexandria, D. C.
|Freedom by Will
Maryland Prince Georges County
I Philemon chew Register of Wills for said county do hereby certify that the bearer hereof negro
boy Henry commonly called Henry Hatton aged about 28 yrs five feet eight inches height of light
complexion with a scar on the right side occasioned by a burn and a scar on the thumb of the left
hand occasioned by the cut of drawing knife, is a free boy and became entitled to his freedom by
virtue of the last will and testament of Mrs. Mary G. Hardey late of Prince George's County
deceased bearing date October 27th, 1830.
|Free at Birth
Maryland Prince Georges County. On this 27th day of April 1844 Came Ruth Etcherson widow of
Ephvoim Etcherson before me the undersigned and made oath in the Holy Evangely of Almight
God that negro Basil who calls himself Basil Washington is the son of Negro Urman that is
mentioned in rachel O'Briants will late of said County deceased and that said Basil is now
twenty-seven years of age.
Sworn before Philemon Chew Regs.