Bill of sale for Mark for $20 until he turns 25


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Neilson, James, “Bill of sale for Mark for $20 until he turns 25,” Scarlet and Black Digital Archive, Rutgers University, accessed March 5, 2022,

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James Neilson (1784-1862) sells a black man named Mark to Abraham Veghte for a term of five years for $20. Mark is a 20-year-old slave for a term, and he will serve his new master until he reaches age 25 in the year 1843. Mark will then attain the legal age of manumission per New Jersey law.

[Mark was the son of Ambo and Mark Harris, born in 1818. See related birth record for Mark. Mark’s first master, John Neilson (1745-1833), died when Mark was 15 years old, and Mark became the property of John Neilson’s son James Neilson

Date: 1784-1862


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