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Eliza, Frederick County, Maryland, freed by Clermont County, Ohio will of John Holter

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Eliza, Frederick County, Maryland, freed by Clermont County, Ohio will of John Holter

Posted: 1520998119000
Classification: Will
Surnames: Holter
The will of John Holter (b. 1780 Frederick County, MD - d. 1819, Clermont County, OH), dated 6Aug1819, was presented in Clermont County, Ohio at the October 1819 court session. In his will John specifically mentions a Negro girl (slave) named Eliza who he has left on loan to his mother, Margaret Holter, in Frederick County, Maryland. In his will he specifies that Eliza, who is currently 11 years old, is to be freed when his mother dies unless his mother dies before Eliza reaches the age of 16. If that happens, then he gives the remainder of her time to his youngest sister Margaret until Eliza “arrives at the age of sixteen and no longer_she shall then receive her freedom. “ In 1810 when he lived in Frederick County census records show he owned 5 slaves. He moved to Ohio in 1817 and apparently did not take any slaves with him as the inventory of his possessions with the will did not include any slaves.

Based on this information Eliza would have been born in 1808. She would have turned 16 in 1824. Unfortunately for Eliza, John's mother Margaret Holter did not die until 1830 when Eliza would have been 22. In 1820 she is presumably the lone slave enumerated in the household of Margaret Holter in Frederick, Maryland, in election district 1.

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