Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Certificate of Freedom

     The only known surviving Certificate of Freedom issued by General Samuel Birch has the name Cato Rammsay on it. He is one of 16 Catos listed in the Book of Negroes. On page 150 Cato Ramsey, 50 years of age, on the ship "Ranger" and headed to Port Mattoon. Formerly the property of Ben Ramsey of Maryland left him 5 years ago and Cato has a Certificate of Freedom in his possession.


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