Freedom Papers

Allen Norton


More than ten witnesses testify that Allen Norton, who is described as “a light yellow boy about 21 or 22 years old,” is free.

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Freedom Papers of Allen Norton}

We the undersigned do hereby certify that the bearer Allen Norton a light yellow Boy, about 21 or 22 years of age having a scar on each cheek or jaw and also one down across the nose, is the son of Chelsey Norton, that his father and Allen withh has for 12 or 14 years last past, resided in theCounty of Rigo Indiana, Originally came from North Carolina, are free and always reputed to have been free. And we beleive are entitled to all the privileges of free men of Colour in any part of the United States.

S. R. Menni
John H. Watson
G. W. Langworthy
W. W. Early
R. S. McCabe
W. W. Sedam  

J. S. Freeman
Samuel McMurtrie
William Stevens
John McMurtrie
J. M. Dawso

State of Indiana County of Rigo  } S.S.

(Seal) I Charles F Noble clerk of the Rigo Circuit Court in and for the County aforesaid, do hereby certify that I am personally acquainted with the individuals whose signatures are above, that they are and have been for years residents of said, their signatures hereto are genuine, they are men of respectability and their certificate is entitled to full credit as being true. Witness my signature and the seal of the said Court at Terre Haute this 10th day of March 1846.

C. F. Noble. clk.

Recorded 7th July 1846.