William Johnston is certified as free man, who is “about to descend the Ohio River in the capacity of a fireman on a Steamboat.”
Freedom Papers of William Johnston.
State of Pennsylvania, City of Pittsburgh S.S.
I, Leonard S. Johns, an alder=
man in and for said City do hereby certify, that it was this day duly and satisfactorily proven to me by good and lawful testimony, that the bearor William Johnston, a man of color, was born on Bunkers Hill near Boston, Massachusetts, of free parents, that there are two scars on his forehead, and one on his left cheek, that he is about twenty=four years of age, - about five feet nine and a half inches high, and that he is about to descend the Ohio River in the capacity of a fireman on a Steamboat. In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto affixed my hand and seal May 4th 1837
Leonard S. Johns (Seal)
State of Pennsylvania S.S.
Recorded March 26th 1845.