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14 Wharfside StreetCharleston, SC 29401
Museum open 10am to 5pm (last entry 4:00 PM) Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday.
IAAM will challenge, illuminate, inspire and, ultimately, will move people to action.
14 Wharfside Street — Charleston, SC 29401
Sep 11, 2017
On June 19, 1802, Pierce Butler filed in the Charleston Court of Common Pleas a certificate of emancipation for enslaved woman Catey and her children, in return for Catey’s payment to Butler of two hundred pounds currency1.
The document states that Catey’s husband Abraham Jenkins was a carter (dray man) by trade. Catey and her children were listed as follows:
We’re searching for Catey and her children in census records but have not located her thus far. We will update this post if we pick up a document trail for her.
If you find a certificate of emancipation (also known as manumission) for an ancestor in Charleston, there are several record sets you can consult to pick up a further document trail. Here are some starting points:
 Certificate of Emancipation, Pierce Butler to Catey and Her Children, 19 Jun 1862. Miscellaneous records, 1771-1868, v. 6K 1860-1868, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLV-LLRM?i=45&cat=476811, accessed 11 Sep 2017.
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