Certificate of Freedom for James Fletcher

Ontario County Miscellaneous Records

State of New York Ontario County ss: I do hereby certify, that James Fletcher, a black man about six feet high twenty five years of age, was born in the town of Westspringfield, county of Hamphire, & State of Massachusetts, of free parents and that said James hath made & exhibited to me sufficient proof in writing of his being a free person & I do therefore certify that he is a free man. & I do further certify that said James is now a resident of the town of Canandaigua & that said proof was exhibited before me at the same place. Witness my hand this twenty fifth day of April, one thousand eight hundred & telve, one of the Judges of the court of common pleas, in and for said county.

Moses Atwater

A true copy of the original. Recorded 25 April 1812 and examined.

James B. Mower, Clk