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Aaron: Freedom Suit, Prince Edward County (Part 1 of 2)

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Aaron (a man of Colour formerly the property of Andrew Baker Dec'd, was by the said Andrew Baker in his lifetime discharged from his service. The said Baker having taken advise was informed that as the said Aaron was under 45 years old he could free him by discharging him from his service and verbally avowing his freedom, and authorizing the said Aron to hire himself out & contract as he pleased, the said Aaron was accordingly discharged by sd Baker and did hire himself out on his own Account within the knowledge & with the approbation of the said Andrew Baker & remained out of the service of sd Baker till his death. At the death of sd Baker he provided that the rest of the negros held by him should be freed, but omitted Aaron altogether in his will, on a supposition that he was already set free & every thing done which