Cesar Kennedy Manumits His Family (Madison Co.)

Below is an extract from the Acts of Alabama, 1818 to 1828, found online.  This is one of many Acts pertaining to people of color that will be posted on this blog. The original documents are at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, AL. 


An act to authorize Cesar Kennedy to manumit certain of his slaves therein named. 

Session: Annual Session, Oct-Dec 1819

Page: 145 


Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That Cesar Kennedy, a free man of colour, of the town of Huntsville, and county of Madison, be, and he is hereby authorized to manumit and set free his wife Hannah, and her seven children, Maria, John, Mary-Ann, William, Cesar, Rossell, and Thomas, as soon as the said Cesar Kennedy shall have executed to the chief justice or chairman of the county court of Madison county, and his successors in office, a bond with sufficient security, to be approved by said court, conditioned, that the said slaves, Hannah and her seven children, Maria, John, Mary-Ann, William, Cesar, Rossell, and Thomas, shall never become chargeable to the State of Alabama, or any county or town therein.


JAMES DELLET Speaker of the House of Representatives
THOMAS BIBB President of the SenateApproved-December 13, 1819




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