Johnston Howard is registered by the court as being born free.
Freedom Papers of Johnston Howard Free Negro man
Register No 33 of Johnston Howard a free Negro Man about Twenty one years old of very black Complextion, Five feet seven and a fourth inches high with a scar upon the back of the right hand having made satisfactory proof to the Court that he was born free is registered by order of the Court this 22d day of March, 1838.
Teste R. N. Turner Clk. J. N. Buck. J. P.
Virginia. S. S. At a Court held for the County of Warren on the 22d day of March 1838 the above Register No 33 of Johnston Howard was examined by the Court and Ordered to be certified as truly made.
(Seal) In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and
affixed the seal of said County at Front Royal the day
and date last above mentioned
R. N. Turner. Clk &c
Recorded 27th October. A. D. 1841