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14 Wharfside Street — Charleston, SC 29401
Oct 04, 2017
In 1849, Isaac Conner before J.B. Earnest, Magistrate, to file an affidavit respecting the free status of Betsey (also rendered Betsy in the same document) Conner. He offered as evidence a written statement of E.H. Edwards, made in 1836, that states that Betsey Conner was freed by a Deed of Emancipation in his possession.
Isaac Conner’s testimony provides further detail: that in April of 1825, he made and executed manumission papers for Betsey Conner. Isaac Conner states that the manumission papers were held by him until 1835, when they were transferred to Genl. E.H. Edwards, and after the death of E.H. Edwards, the original papers were lost or mislaid.
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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 Betsey Conner,Miscellaneous records, 1771-1868, v. 6B-6C 1844-1849, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLV-2917-M?cat=476811 /span>, frame 397 of 567, accessed 4 Oct 2017.
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