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14 Wharfside Street — Charleston, SC 29401
Oct 18, 2017
In previous posts, we presented affidavits concerning the free status of John L. And James Francis, sons of Hagar, a Free Person of Color emancipated by Steward Lamboll/Lambol in 1799, and Sarah Houston and Rose Buckmyer, who were nieces of John L. Francis.
Today, we present an affidavit concerning the freedom of another of Hagar’s grandchildren, Hagar Gardner, who was also the niece of John L. Francis. Today’s affidavit was made on the same day, April 18, 1848. The same witnesses testified who testified on behalf of John L. and James Lawton.
There is first a certified copy of the manumission certificate made by Steward Lamboll in 1799, then testimony from Wm. Fraser that he saw Steward Lamboll sign the certificate of manumission freeing Hagar Gardner’s grandmother Hagar.
Eliza Kohne, who previously testified that Lamboll purchased Hagar from Kohne’s father John Neufville in 1799 and subsequently freed Hagar, testifies that Hagar Gardner is the grandchild of Hagar and the niece of John L. Francis.
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If you find documentation for a free African American ancestor in Charleston, there are several record sets you can consult to pick up a further document trail. Here are some starting points:
Affidavit Concerning the Freedom of John L. Francis and James Francis, Charleston, SC, 1848.
Affidavits Regarding the Free Status of Sarah Houston and Rose Buckmyer, Charleston, SC 1848
 South Carolina, Secretary of State, Miscellaneous records, 1771-1868,v. 6A-6B 1844-1849, Affidavit and Certificate Concerning the Freedom of Hagar Gardner, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLV-29BB-L?i=361&cat=476811, frame 362 of 567, accessed 12 Sep 2017.
 South Carolina, Secretary of State, Miscellaneous records, 1771-1868, v. 6A-6B 1844-1849, Affidavit and Certificate Concerning the Freedom of Sarah Houston, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLV-291W-D?i=359&cat=476811 , frame 361 of 567, accessed 12 Sep 2017.
 South Carolina, Secretary of State, Miscellaneous records, 1771-1868, v. 6A-6B 1844-1849, Affidavit and Certificate Concerning the Freedom of Rose Buckmyer, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLV-2919-Z?cat=476811 , frame 361 of 567, accessed 12 Sep 2017.
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