Freedom Papers

Mary Joiner


This document certifies that eleven-year-old Mary Joiner has been recorded “as a free person of colour.”


Emancipation Mary Joiner A Girl of Colour.

Dinwiddie County set:- I do hereby certify that Mary Joiner a black girl, daughter of John Joiner aged Eleven Years, four feet two inches, of black complexion, a scar over her left eye, born free, is duly registered in a book Kept in my Office for that purpose as a free person of colour.  Numbe Six Hundred and forty nine Given under my hand as Clerk of Dinwiddie County the 17th  day of October 1818.

J. Nicholas, C.D.C.

No 649

State of Virginia, Dinwiddie County, Set: – I John Verell Presiding Justice of the County above named do certify that John Nicholas is Clerk of the said County, 17th Oct 1818.

Jno Verell, J.P.

Recorded 31, Aug 1827