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Free Black Men Who Received Seamen Protection Certificates, 1792 to 1798

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Location: Port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamap
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March - Cole, Thomas, has free liberty to engage in what work or business he pleases he being manumitted by Mr. Caleb Boyer 16 Jan 1791, Talbot County, Maryland. (image 45)

Sep. 23 - Anderson, Moses, description: 5 feet, 4 inches, Black woolly hair, about 29 years old, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was employed as a Steward on-board the American Vessel Eagle, belonging to Philadelphia. (images 39, 40)


May 19 - Moore, John, description: free man of a dark complexion, five feet, five inches high, twenty five years and ten months old. (image 219)

August 27 - Ellis, Peter, description: an American Seaman aged thirty years or thereabouts, height: 5 feet 61/2 inches, a free Mulatto, has a scar on his right foot, is by trade a cooper, He was born in the State of Massachusetts. (image 146)

Nov 17 - Hall, John: description: 5 feet, 7 inches, Black woolly hair, short, about forty years of age, born at Charles County, Maryland, employed as a steward on board the American vessel Mars. (image 172, 173)


July 20 - Anderson, Charles, description: a free Black man, five feet and eight inches high, and has a scar on his left hand and hath also the Second finger of his right hand crooked. He is twenty eight years old. That he was born in Queen Ann County, Maryland. He was a Slave to Richard Small of Queen Ann County. Richard became a Methodist and set all his Slaves free. That is how Charles became free. (image 313)


February 24 - Brown, John, seaman aboard the Brig Happy Return, from Port of Philadelphia to Martinique and back to this Port. He was born at Chester Park, Lancaster County, in the State of Virginia, by oath of George Smith a person of Credit. John Brown is five feet five inches high, thirty nine years of age, has a scar on the second finger of his right hand as also o his right knee. He is a Black man. His Mark. (image 542)

March 3 - James, Aaron, seaman and cook, a native of Providence, Rhode Island, he is twenty five years of Age, five feet three inches and an half high, has a large scar on his right foot, is a free black man. His Mark. (image 807)

March 9 - Clarkson, Jack, native of Carolina County, Maryland. Description: Twenty- four years or thereabouts, five feet, 7 1/2 inches, a free Black man, marked with the Small Pox in his face, a scar on his left arm. His Mark (image 606)

March 9 - Jenkins, James - a native of the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Description: forty four years or thereabouts, five feet four, Blackman free, marked with the small pox, the little finger of his left hand crooked. His Mark. (image 811)

March 9 - Ludlum, Adam, (Negroe), born in Deer Field, Cumberland County, West Jersey. Signed his name. (image 864)

March 19 - Giles, Andrew - A Black man, Description: about 5 feet eleven inches high, has a small wart on his right cheek near the nose, twenty one years old the son of Jacob Giles late of Kent County, Delaware, deceased. The Deponent was born (free) in Kent County and hath not as yet resided in any place other than the States of Delaware and Pennsylvania. His Mark. (image 720)

March 22 - Jackson, Jacob, cook on board the Brig Lydia, John Nilkins from Port of Philadelphia for Antigua and back to this Port. He was born in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Description: he is about five feet four and a half inches, nineteen years of age has a scar over his left eye, he is a Blackman. His Mark. (image 803)

March 23 - Johnston, Reuben, is a native of Somerset County, New Jersey, a free Mulatto Man, twenty eight years or thereabouts, Height of five feet seven inches, has a scar on the calf of his left leg, & a scar above his right Eye. His Mark (image 816)

March 28 - Brown, John, Mulatto, to the best of his knowledge he was born in the city (Philadelphia). His Mark. (image 549)

March 28 - Murray, Samuel, (Negro) to the best of his knowledge John Brown was born at the Place aforesaid (Philadelphia). His Mark. (image 549)

March 30 - Jinkins, Philip - a native of Reading Pennsylvania. Description: 21 years or thereabouts. Height: five foot 2 inches, is a free black Man, has a small scar on the outside of his right eye, and a little marked with the small pox. Signed his name. (image 809)

April 14 - Calwell, Daniel, was born in Jones Hundred in Kent County, Delaware. Description: a Black man, five feet ten inches High, between twenty four & twenty five of ages. (image 577)

April 19 - Knox, Ceaser, a Cook & Steward on board the Schooner Sally, Gilbert Sherer is commander, now bound on a journey from Port of Philadelphia for St. Thomas and back to this Port. He was born in the City of New York. Description: he is five feet four inches high, Twenty three years of age, he is a Black Man. His Mark. (image 844)

April 25 - Bray, Henry, mariner, description: a free Black man, five feet and five inches High, and hath a scar on his nose, he is twenty eight years old, he is the son of James Bray (also a free Black man) late of Boston, Massachusetts, mariner, deceased. Henry was born at Boston. Signed his name. (image 532)

April 25 - Gray, George, description: a free Black man, born at New York City, resided in Boston, Massachusetts, acquainted with Henry Bray and his parents. His Mark. (image 533)

April 26 - Ludley, Aaron, was born in Cohansey, New Jersey. Description: about twenty four years of age, about six feet one inch and a half with his shoes on, said Aron is a Black Man, of the race the Africans, well made. (image 862, 864)

April 26 - Lugg, Thomas,(Thomas Rawlins deposition describing Thomas Lugg) was born on the Island of Nantucket, Massachusetts Bay. Description: Thomas is a Black man, one of the Descendants of the Africans. Upwards of six feet high, a mark on his left Cheek Bone as large as an eight of a Dollar, likeness of a small pox, a mark (said to be ocationed by having a Ring Worm) . A large scar on the Outside of his right thigh, near his knee, about twenty three years of age. (image 866)

May 1 - Grove, Philas, is a free Black Man, a native of Philadelphia, Description: thirty six years or thereabouts, Height of five feet two inches. Signed his name. (image 741)

May 11 - Brown, John, description: A Black man, about five feet, six inches high, born in Chester County, Pennsylvania. His Mark. (image 540)


  • Record Group 36:

Records of the U.S. Customs Service, 1745 - 1997Series: Proofs of Citizenship Used to Apply for Seamen's Protection Certificates for the Port of Philadelphia, 1792 - 1861File Unit: 1792 - 1798 (P) [1]

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