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Slavery Collection, 1709-1864
[Birth certificate of a certain boy child named Benjamin]
Birth certificate of Benjamin, born May 15, 1801, to a 'Negro Woman Slave named Mary' belonging to New York City merchant James VanZandt. In final sentence, the word 'abandon' has been crossed out and replaced with 'retain,' so that it instead reads, 'which child I retain according to law.'
Mss Collection - Slavery Collection
Birth certificates--New York (State)--New YorkSlavery--New York (State)--New York
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