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Early Laffoon/Lafoons discovered on many Carribean Islands

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Early Laffoon/Lafoons discovered on many Carribean Islands

Posted: 1240246977000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Laffoon, Lafoon

SUMMARY - LAFFOON/LAFOON IN THE BRITISH WEST INDIES/CARIBBEAN

So far we have now found references to LAFFOONE/LAFOON/LAFOONE/LAFFOON on the islands of Nevis, St. Kitt’s (St. Christopher’s), Montserrat, St. Vincent, Dominica, and Tobago.

Were these Laffoons related to the Virginia Laffoons? Did the Virginia Laffoons come from Ireland or England or France and go to the British West Indies before some of them went on to the American colonies? Obviously the Laffoons were there by 1706 and were there undoubtedly before that. Much research needs to be done there but it is difficult to get to the records.

1706-8 George Laffoone was on Nevis Island. Very probably was there much earlier. Listed on a list of Inhabitants of Nevis Island with the number of their slaves.

1770’s-1780’s On Montserrat Island, John Laffoon Esquire, and his wife Mary (who died in 1773), resided in St. Anthony’s Parish, had a surviving son William Laffoon (no idea of date of birth or death), and sons James, Thomas, and Charles, who died in the 1780’s. Also a Sarah Ann Allen Laffoon who died in 1772. John Laffoon witnessed 1780 will of William Musgrave, St. Anthony’s Parish. William Laffoon owned plantation of 84 acres on Montserrat (no date given, although he gave bond 1785 in St. Anthony’s parish). These Laffoons were probably there much earlier than the 1770's.

1773?? - Baptisms of “William s. of John Laffoon (P) by his wife aged __
Theodoric s. of John Laffoon (P) by his wife aged __
This appears to have been from St. Kitt’s Parish Registers, but have not yet seen actual reference.

In 1817, on Nevis Island, three Laffoon slaves are owned by Mrs. Martha Williams Hamilton who lives on an Estate called Clay Gut. They are all born in the 1770's.

In 1817 on St. Vincent Island, Venetia Laffoon is deceased and her estate which includes one slave is in the possession of Francis William Ward.
In 1821 on St. Vincent Island, the estate of Venetia Laffoon is possessed by N. B. Cropper and owns 2 female slaves.
In 1825 on St. Vincent Island, the estate of Venetia Laffoon is owned by N. Bassinett Cropper and owns 2 slaves.

In 1819 on the Island of Tobago, Rebecca Laffoon, possibly a widow?, resided in the town of Plymouth, and owned eight slaves. In 1819 and in 1820, Rebecca Laffoon also completed a return for her under age daughter, Catherine Lowry, who owned four slaves.
Had Rebecca married a Lowry first, and then a Laffoon?
In 1820, Rebecca Laffoon of the town of Plymouth owned 8 slaves.
In 1821, Rebecca Laffoon of the Parish of St. Patrick owned 7 slaves.
In 1822, Rebecca Laffoon of the town of Plymouth owned 5 slaves and sold a slave to Thomas Berry.
In 1827, Rebecca Laffoon owns 3 slaves (no parish or town given).
In 1828, Rebecca Laffoon of Saint Andrews Parish sold her last two slaves to John Chadband.

In 1819 on the Island of Tobago, Elizabeth Laffoon, possibly a widow, resided at Sherwood Park Estate in the parish of St. Andrews and owned four slaves.
In 1820, Elizabeth Laffoon was recorded as "of the Parish of Saint David, and owned 5 slaves.
In 1821, Elizabeth Laffoon of the Parish of Saint David owned 6 slaves.
In 1823, Elizabeth Laffoon of the Parish of Saint George owned 7 slaves.
In 1825, Elizabeth Laffoon owns 10 slaves (no Parish or town given).
In 1827, Elizabeth Laffoon owns 10 slaves (no Parish or town given).
In 1833, Elizabeth Laffoon of the town of Scarbro(Scarborough) owned five slaves.
In 1834, Elizabeth Laffoon owned four slaves (no parish or town given).

In 1820 on the island of DominiCa, in the parish of Rouseau, Mary Laffoon owned one slave.

Exact references are below (transcribed by LaVelda Faull):

SLAVE REGISTERS OF FORMER BRITISH COLONIAL DEPENDENCIES 1812-1834
 
NEVIS ISLAND, 1817, p. 130-132
An Alphabetical List and Return of all the Negro and other Slaves now resident on the Estate called CLAY GUT and belonging to or in the lawful possession of Mrs. Martha Williams Hamilton, Given in by me the fourteenth day of July one thousand eight hundred and seventeen,   W. Hamilton
No. 100, LEAH LAFFOON, female, Nevisian, Black, Forty Four Years   {born ca 1773}
No. 106, MIAH LAFFOON, female, Nevisian, Black, Forty-five Years   {born ca 1772}
No. ?,      RITTER LAFFOON, Female, Nevisian, Black,  Forty-Two Years {born ca 1775}
[Note:   Mrs. Martha Williams Hamilton must have purchased these slaves from the Laffoon family or from someone who had bought them from the Laffoons, which means there must have been a Laffoon family on Nevis in the 1770’s.  George Laffoone came to Nevis in 1706-8.]
 
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ST. VINCENT ISLAND 1817 P. 323
SAINT  VINCENT, 27 March 1817
A List of Slaves belonging to THE ESTATE OF VENETIA LAFFOON in the possession of FRANCIS WILLIAM WARD.  
List of Female Slaves Belonging to VENETIA LAFFOON, DEC’D. 
Name:  LEAH, Negro, Age 18, Country:  Creole.
The number of slaves belonging to the Estate of VENETIA LAFFOON is ONE. 
Sworn 30th Sept 1817 by FRAS W. WARD.  
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TOBAGO ISLAND, 1819, P. 160
Tobago Schedule -----------   REBECCA LAFFOON
Original Return of Unattached Slaves.
The original return of REBECCA LAFFOON OF THE TOWN OF PLYMOUTH,  of this total number of Slaves belonging to, owned and possessed by her. -----
Female – LIZETTE – Yellow skin – 30 years -  Creole -  Huckstring (huckserving?)
Female – FANNY – Black – 25 years – Creole – Huckstring??
Female – JESSEY – Black – 40 years – African – Hired Out
Female – MARTILDA – Black – 20 years – African – Domestic – Lost an Eye
Female – SALLY – yellow skin – 12 years – Creole – House Servant
Female – BETSEY – yellow skin – 2 years – Creole
Female – BELLA – Black – 4 mos? – Creole
Male – JOHN – Black – 7 years? – Creole
TOTAL ------One Male and Seven Female Slaves
 Signed REBECCA  (Her mark) LAFFOON. 
Sworn before me this 30th Day of January 1819 to be a true and distinct accounting according to the Registry Bill  of this Island.  Signed  James Crooks, Registar.
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TOBAGO ISLAND  
TOBAGO SCHEDULE  -----ELIZABETH LAFFOON,    p. 157
Original Return of Unattached Slaves
An Original Return of ELIZABETH LAFFOON, AT PRESENT RESIDING AT SHERWOOD PARK ESTATE IN THE PARISH OF ST. ANDREWS, for the total number of Slaves belonging, owned and possessed by her .---
Female – JANE – Black -  2? Years – Creole
Female – MONIMISSA?MONIMICA? –Black – 15 Years – Creole
Female – PATIENCE – Black – 30 years – Creole
Male – WILLIAM – Black – 4 years – Creole
TOTAL ----One Male and Three Female Slaves ---
Signed:  ELIZTH  (her mark) LAFFOON
Sworn to before me this 29th day of January 1819 to be a true and distinct account according to the Registry Bill of this Island.  Signed James Crooks, Registrar.
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TOBAGO ISLAND, 1819 p. 159
Tobago Schedule ---- CATHERINE LOWRY
Original  Return of Unattached Slaves
The Original Return of REBECCA LAFFOON of the Town of Plymouth of the total number of slaves belonging to owned and possessed by CATHERIINE LOWRY -----
Male – JOHN – Black – 18? Or 12? Years – Creole – Carpenter
Male – WILLIAM – Black  - 14 years – Creole – Hired Out
Male – SAM – Black – 10 years – Creole – Hired Out
Male – ABERDEEN – Black  - 4 years – Creole
TOTAL – Four Male Slaves
Signed:  REBECCA (her mark) LAFFOON, MOTHER OF CATHERINE LOWRY.
Sworn to before me this 30th day of January 1819 to be a true and distinct accounting according to the Registry Bill of this Island.  Signed:  James Crooks, Registrar. 
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DOMINICA,    A Triennial  Registry of Slaves in this Island    Taken 1820

MARY LAFOON,   ROSEAU PARISH,   DOMINICA ISLAND,  {owner}
                Owner of:           SUSANNE, age 31, born ca 1789, Black, bought   17 July
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TOBAGO ISLAND, p. 105
Tobago Schedule, 5th January 1820, ELIZAth LAFFOON
Annual Return of Unattached Slaves
The return of ELIZABETH LAFFOON OF THE PARISH OF SAINT DAVID of all the Slaves belonging to and possessed by her  with a true and distinct account of all births and deaths therein with all other additions to or detractions from the stock of slaves from whatever comes between the first day of January 1819 and the first day of January 1820. 
Total number of slaves as per return made up the first of Jan 1819:  1 Male 3 Females
Increase by Birth:
Female:  QUASHEBA – Black – 30th March 1819 – Mother’s Name:  PATIENCE
Total Increase by Birth:  1
TOTAL SLAVES:   One Male and Four Females
Signed:  ELIZAth (Her Mark) LAFFOON
Sworn to before me this 30th day of January 1820 to be a true and distinct accounting according to the Registry Bill of this Island.  Signed:  James Crooks, Registrar. 
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TOBAGO ISLAND, p. 105
Tobago Schedule,8th January 1820, CATHERINE LOWRY
Annual Return of Unattached Slaves
The return of  REBECCA LAFFOON MOTHER OF CATHERINE LOWERY, UNDER AGE, of all the Slaves belonging to and possessed by CATHERINE LOWRY  with a true and distinct account of all births and deaths therein with all other additions to or detractions from the stock of slaves from whatever comes between the first day of January 1819 and the first day of January 1820. 
Total number of slaves as per return made up the first of Jan 1819:  4 Males
No alteration required by law to be specified as taken place since the last return.
TOTAL SLAVES:  Four Males
Signed:  REBECCA (HER MARK) LAFFOON
Sworn to before me this 30th day of January 1820 to be a true and distinct accounting according to the Registry Bill of this Island.  Signed:  James Crooks, Registrar. 
------------------------------------------------------------TOBAGO ISLAND 1819-20, p. 106
Tobago Schedule, 1st Jan 1820  ----REBECCA LAFFOON
Annual Return of Unattached Slaves
The Return of  REBECCA LAFFOON OF THE TOWN OF PLYMOUTH of all the Slaves belonging to and possessed by her  with a true and distinct account of all births and deaths therein with all other additions to or detractions from the stock of slaves from whatever comes between the first day of January 1819 and the first day of January 1820. 
Total number of slaves as per return made up the first of Jan 1819:  1 Male 7 Females
Increase by Birth:
Male:  JIMMY – Black – Born 1st February 1819 – Name of mother:  MARTILDA
Total Increase by Birth:  1
Increase by Death:
Female:  FANNY – Black – Died 10th Aug 1819:  Cause of Death:  Nat. D. Estermark(Natural Death - don’t know what “Estermark” meant).
Total Decrease by Death:  1
Total Slaves:  Two males and Six Females
Signed:  REBECCA (HER MARK) LAFFOON
Sworn to before me this 13th day of January 1820 to be a true and distinct accounting according to the Registry Bill of this Island.  Signed:  James Crooks, Registrar. 
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TOBAGO ISLAND, 1820-21, p. 97
Tobago Schedule ---- ELIZABETH LAFFOON
Annual Return of Unattached Slaves
The Return of ELIZABETH LAFFOON OF THE PARISH OF SAINT DAVID of all the Slaves belonging to and possessed by her the said ELIZABETH LAFFOON with a true and distinct account of all births and deaths therein with all other additions to or detractions from the stock of slaves from whatever comes between the first day of January 1820 and the first day of January 1821. 
Total number of slaves as per return made up the first of Jan 1820:  1 Male, 4 Females.
Increase by Births:  
Female:  CHLOE – Black – Born April 27, 1820.  Mother’s name:   MONIMICA
Total Increase by Birth:   1.
TOTAL SLAVES;  One Male and Five Females
Signed:  ELIZABETH (her mark) LAFFOON. 
Sworn before me this 18th Day of January 1821 to be a true and distinct account according to the Registry Bill of this Island.  Signed: James Crooks, Registar. 
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 TOBAGO ISLAND, 1820-21, p. 97
Tobago Schedule, 4 January 1820    ---- REBECCA LAFFOON
Annual Return of Unattached Slaves
The return of REBECCA LAFFOON  OF THE PARISH OF SAINT PATRICK of all the Slaves belonging to and possessed by her  with a true and distinct account of all births and deaths therein with all other additions to or detractions from the stock of slaves from whatever comes between the first day of January 1820 and the first day of January 1821. 
Total number of slaves as per return made up the first of Jan 1820:  2 Males and 6 Females
Decrease by Death:
Female:   BETSEY,  Black,  Cause of Death:  Fever.
Total Decrease by Death:   1
TOTAL SLAVES:  Two Males and Five Females
Signed:  REBECCA (her mark) LAFFOON.
Sworn to before me this 18 day of February 1821 to be a true and distinct account according to the Registry Bill of this Island.   Signed:  James Crooks, Registrar. 
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ST. VINCENT ISLAND, p. 397, 1821
TRIENNIAL RETURN OF SLAVES belonging to the ESTATE OF VENETIA LAFFOON made up to the 31st of December 1821 by N. B. CROPPER
Given in at the last return:  1 Female 1 Total
Increase between the 27th of March 1817 and the 31st of December 1821:  1 Female 1 Total
TOTAL:   2 Females 2 Total
The total number of Slaves belonging to the Estate of VENETIA LAFFOON is Two
INCREASE ----:
Female CAROLINE,  Negress,  Born June 1820.
Attested before the Registrar  the 21st day of January 1822 by N. B. CROPPER.
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TOBAGO ISLAND, 1st January 1822, p. 156

Tobago Schedule, 1st January 1822    ---- REBECCA LAFFOON
Annual Return of Unattached Slaves
The return of REBECCA LAFFOON  OF THE TOWN OF PLYMOUTH of all the Slaves belonging to and possessed by her  with a true and distinct account of all births and deaths therein with all other additions to or detractions from the stock of slaves from whatever comes between the first day of January 1821 and the first day of January 1822. 
Total number of slaves as per return made up the first of Jan 1821: 2 Males and 5 Females
Decrease by Death:
Female: JESSEY, Black, Died August 1821, Died natural death in a fit.
Total Decrease by Death: 1
Deduction by Sale:
Female: LIZETTE, yellow skin - Sold at Marshal’s Sale 30th August 1821 to THOS. BERRY
Total Deduction by Sale: 1
TOTAL SLAVES:  Two Males and Three Females
Signed:  REBECCA (her mark) LAFFOON.
Sworn to before me this 17 day of January 1822 to be a true and distinct account according to the Registry Bill of this Island.   Signed:  James Crooks, Registrar. 
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TOBAGO ISLAND, 5th January 1823, ELIZABETH LAFFOON, p. 142

Tobago Schedule, 5th January 1823    ---- ELIZABETH LAFFOON
Annual Return of Unattached Slaves
The return of ELIZABETH LAFFOON OF THE PARISH OF SAINT GEORGE of all the Slaves belonging to and possessed by her  with a true and distinct account of all births and deaths therein with all other additions to or detractions from the stock of slaves from whatever comes between the first day of January 1822 and the first day of January 1823. 
Total number of slaves as per return made up the first of Jan 1822: 1 Males and 5 Females
Increase by Birth:
MARY HANNAH , Black, Born 10th June 1822, Mother: MONIMIA
Total Increase by Birth: 1
TOTAL SLAVES:  One Male and Six Females
Signed:  ELIZABETH (her mark) LAFFOON.
Sworn to before me this 25th of January 1823 to be a true and distinct account according to the Registry Bill of this Island.   Signed:  James Crooks, Registrar. 

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TOBAGO ISLAND, 8th January 1825, ELIZABETH LAFFOON, p. 137

Tobago Schedule, 8th January 1825    ---- ELIZABETH LAFFOON
Annual Return of Unattached Slaves
The return of ELIZABETH LAFFOON of all the Slaves belonging to and possessed by her  with a true and distinct account of all births and deaths therein with all other additions to or detractions from the stock of slaves from whatever comes between the first day of January 1824 and the first day of January 1825. 
Total number of slaves as per return made up the first of Jan 1824: 4 Males and 7 Females
Increase by Birth:
Male: BILLY, Black, 19 November 1824, mother: MONIMIA
Total Increase by Birth: 1
Total Slaves: 3 Males and 7 Females
Signed: ELIZABETH (her mark) LAFFOON
Sworn to before me this 20th of January 1825 to be a true and distinct account according to the Registry Bill of this Island.   Signed:  Samuel Spears, Registrar. 
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ST. VINCENT ISLAND, p. 409-410, 1825
Triennial Return of Slaves belonging to the Estate of VENETIA LAFOON made up to the 31st of December 1824 by  N. Bassinett Cropper  —
Given in at the last Return – 0 males, 2 females,  2 Total
Increase between the 1st of January 1822, and 31st December 1834, 0 males, 1 female, 1 total
{grand}Total:  0 males, 3 females , 3 total
Decrease in the same period, 0 males, 2 females, 2 Total
{grand} Total:  0 males, 2 females, 2 Total
The TOTAL number of slaves belonging to VENETIA LAFOON, is Two ----  (next page)
The Estate of VENETIA LAFOON Continued-----
INCREASE
Name of Slave:   Venetia,   Born Nov 1824
DECREASE
Name of Slave:  Caroline,  Died in 1824.
Attested before the Register this 29th day of January 1825, by N. Bassinett Cropper.
 
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TOBAGO ISLAND, 1st January 1827, ELIZABETH LAFFOON, p. 93

Tobago Schedule, 1st January 1827    ---- ELIZABETH LAFFOON
Annual Return of Unattached Slaves
The return of ELIZABETH LAFFOON of all the Slaves belonging to and possessed by her  with a true and distinct account of all births and deaths therein with all other additions to or detractions from the stock of slaves from whatever comes between the first day of January 1826 and the first day of January 1827. 
Total number of slaves as per return made up the first of Jan 1826: 2 Males and 7 Females
Increase by Birth:
Female: PATIENCE, Black, Born 19th May 1826, Mother: PATIENCE
Total Increase by Birth: 1
Total Slaves: Two Males and Eight Females
Signed: ELIZABETH LAFFOON(her mark)
Sworn to before me this 17th of January 1827 to be a true and distinct account according to the Registry Bill of this Island.   Signed:  Henry Yeates, Registrar. 
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TOBAGO ISLAND, 1st January 1827, REBECCA LAFFOON, p. 93

Tobago Schedule, 1st January 1827    ---- REBECCA LAFFOON
Annual Return of Unattached Slaves
The return of REBECCA LAFFOON of all the Slaves belonging to and possessed by her  with a true and distinct account of all births and deaths therein with all other additions to or detractions from the stock of slaves from whatever comes between the first day of January 1826 and the first day of January 1827. 
Total number of slaves as per return made up the first of Jan 1826: 2 Males and 2 Females
Decrease by Death:
Male: GEORGE, Black, Died 27 Dec 1826, Complaint: Debility
Total Decrease by Death: 1
Total Slaves: One Male and Two Females
Signed: REBECCA LAFFOON(her mark)
Sworn to before me this 17th of January 1827 to be a true and distinct account according to the Registry Bill of this Island.   Signed:  Henry Yeates, Registrar. 
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TOBAGO ISLAND, 1st January 1828, REBECCA LAFFOON, p. 100

Tobago Schedule, 1st January 1828    ---- REBECCA LAFFOON
Annual Return of Unattached Slaves
The return of REBECCA LAFFOON OF THE PARISH OF ST. ANDREWS of all the Slaves belonging to and possessed by her  with a true and distinct account of all births and deaths therein with all other additions to or detractions from the stock of slaves from whatever comes between the first day of January 1827 and the first day of January 1828. 
Total number of slaves as per return made up the first of Jan 1827: 1 Male and 2 Females
Decrease by Death:
Female: SALLY, yellow skinned, April 1, 1827, Died of Liver complaint
Total Decrease by Death: 1
Deduction by Sale:
Male: JIMMY, Black
Female: BELLA, Black, Both sold to JOHN CHADBAND, 1st March 1827
Total Deduction by Sale: 1 male and 1 Female
Total Slaves: NONE.
Signed: REBECCA LAFFOON(her mark)
Sworn to before me this 27th of January 1828 to be a true and distinct account according to the Registry Bill of this Island.   Signed:  John Chadband, Deputy Registar,
Henry Yeates, Registrar. 
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TOBAGO ISLAND, 1st January 1833, ELIZABETH LAFFOON, p. 90

Tobago Schedule, 1st January 1833    ---- ELIZABETH LAFFOON
Annual Return of Unattached Slaves
The return of ELIZABETH LAFFOON OF THE TOWN OF SCARBRO of all the Slaves belonging to and possessed by her  with a true and distinct account of all births and deaths therein with all other additions to or detractions from the stock of slaves from whatever comes between the first day of January 1832 and the first day of January 1833. 
Total number of slaves as per return made up the first of Jan 1832: 2 Males and 5 Females
Decrease by Deaths:
Female: QUASHIBA, Black, 19th Jan 1832, Died of Leprosy
Female: MARGRETA, Black, 29th Oct 1832, Dropsy in the Chest
Total Decrease by Death: 2
Total Slaves: Two Males and Three Females, Total in All: Five
Signed: ELIZAth(her mark) LAFFOON, Owner
Sworn to before me this 8th of January 1833 to be a true and distinct account according to the Registry Bill of this Island.   Signed:  Henry Yeates, Registrar. 
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TOBAGO ISLAND, 1st January 1834, ELIZABETH LAFFOON, p. 86

Tobago Schedule, 1st January 1834    ---- ELIZABETH LAFFOON
Annual Return of Unattached Slaves
The return of ELIZABETH LAFFOON of all the Slaves belonging to and possessed by her  with a true and distinct account of all births and deaths therein with all other additions to or detractions from the stock of slaves from whatever comes between the first day of January 1833 and the first day of January 1834. 
Total number of slaves as per return made up the first of Jan 1833: 2 Males and 3 Females
Decrease by Deaths:
Male: WILLIAM, Black, 17th June 1833, (Can’t read cause of death)
Total Decrease by Death: 1
Total Slaves: One Male and Three Females, In All: Four
Signed: ELIZABETH LAFFOON
Sworn to before me this 15th of January 1834 to be a true and distinct account according to the Registry Bill of this Island.   Signed:  Henry Yeates, Registrar. 



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