Freedom Papers

William Ridout


James Buchanan certifies that William Ridout is a free man. This document is recorded out of place.

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Freedom Papers of William Ridout

William Ridout a colored man of black shade near six feet high having a small scar just above the outer corner of his left eye was raised in Chambersburgh Franklis County Pennsylvania. He was a boy there at the same time with an apparently younger than myself. my age is now twenty eight. His mother was among the old residenters of that place and a free woman. Of his father I have no recolection I believe said William Ridout to have been borne as he now is a freeman.
Pittsburgh 3rd. March 1842. 

Jas. Buchanan

Recorded the 14th. March A D 1842

This paper is recorded out of place to avoid the
delay which the papers in office before it would
have occasioned if entered in O 3rd