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The petition of Philipp and Dego Dequa, negroes, suing for their freedom being read, ordered that his Mistress appear on this day seven night. [Council Minutes, 1683-1688, Vol. V., p.
II. Councill held at Ffort James, Saturday, ye 8th of October, 1687:
His Excelly. the Governor.
Colonel Nicholas Bayard. The Governor being informed that several Spaniards and ffree people are detained as slaves in this Province, proposes that some means may be used for their Release. Referred to another sitting of the Council, and ordered that in the meantime no person do send away or convey any such Spaniards or ffree person without leave of this Board but that they have them in the way to appear before this Board when they shall be sent for, and further that no agreement either by writing and hand and seal or otherwise hereafter to be made between such persons and ye Masters or mistresses whome they serve shall be of any effect till they be first heard upon this bord. [Council Minutes, Province of New York, Vol. V., p. 210.]
III. At a Councill held at Fort James, Tuesday, ye 11th day of October, 1687.
His Excy. the Govern'.
Coll. Nicholas Bayard Resolved by his Excy. that all the Christian Indyans and children of Christian Parents brought from the Towns of Campeach, and Lavere Cruise and sold as Slaves in this Province shall be free. [Council Minutes, Vol. V., p. 238.]
IV. Councill held July 30, 1688:
His Excellency the Governor [Dongan)
Coll. Nicho Bayard Order that all Indian Slaves within this Province, subjects to the King of Spain that can give an account of their Christian faith and say the Lord's prayer be fortwith sett at liberty and sent home at the first Conveniency and likewise them that shall hereafter come to this Province. [Council Minutes, Vol. V., p. 207.]
THE EARLIEST BAPTISMAL REGISTER OF ST.
PETER'S CHURCH, NEW YORK CITY.
By Rev. JAMES H. MCGEAN,
DURING the years 1797 and 1798 there were in St. Peter's ninety-nine baptisms. For about two-fifths of these names indicate French parentage; the rest were of different nationalities, mostly Irish. Many of the baptisms, it will be seen, occurred months and even years after the dates of birth. Sometimes two and more children of the same parents were baptized on the same day, though their birthdays were far apart. While we may attribute this fact in some cases to the indifference of parents, we may readily believe, particularly in those cases where the parents were Irish, that distance from the city and the difficulties that must have made travelling infrequent and expensive were the causes of the great delay in this important Christian duty. MEGRON DU Pont, Henry, born Jan. 1, 1797, of Francis Valen
tine Megron du Pont and Mary Frances Artier; the sponsors
were Francis Megron and Mary Teresa Antier. FARRELL, Catharine, born Jan. 8, 1797, of William Farrell
and Isabella Bowling; sponsor, William Carroll. KELLY, James, born Nov. 9, 1796, of Patrick Kelly and Ann
McDowall; sponsors, Bartholomew Reeves and Mary
McNaughton. SHEERER, Catharine, born Nov. 12, 1796, of James Sheerer and
Mary Gallenagh; sponsors, James Tiernan and Jane Nixon. EGAN, Ann, born Jan. 19, 1797, of Lawrence Egan and Catha
rine Mynan; sponsors, James Byrne and Bridget Byrne.
EGAN, Mary, born Jan. 19, 1797, of Lawrence Egan and Catha
rine Mynan; sponsors, John Mynan and Charlotte Bell. SEMILIER, George Louis, born Dec. 22, 1796, of George Semilier
and Sarah Chin; sponsors, Louis Bonaventure Lydet and
Mary (widow) Olive. FLEURY, Mary Magdalen Rose, born Jan. 27, 1797, of James
Renatus Fleury and Barbara Rose Adelaide Dieudonnée; sponsors, John Martha Dieudonnée and Mary Frances
Elizabeth Fleury. KELLEHER, Nicholas Goix Matthew, born Jan. 22, 1797, of Hugh
Louis Kelleher and Mary Jane Bailly; sponsors, Nicholas
Goix and Ellen Kelleher. Gantz, Ann Mary, born Jan. 1, 1797, of Otho Gantz and Eliza
beth Gantz; sponsors, Luke Streitz and Mary Greeves. WALSER, Margaret, born Jan. 2, 1797, of Andrew Liborius
Walser and Elizabeth Catharine Fine; sponsors, John
Isenbourgh and Margaret Ridden. BARRY, James, born Jan. 30, 1797, of Edmund Barry and
Catharine Barry; sponsor, Edmund Neille. McCORMICK, Mary, born Dec. 22, 1796, of James McCormick
and Ann Stewart; sponsors, John Waters and Ann Johnston. BAILLY, John Adrian Peter, born Dec. 15, 1796, of Peter Bailly
and Ellen Koops; sponsors, John Hoffman and Catharine
Dec. 19, 1796, of Alexander John Conrad Durousseau de
Margaret Duchon Verger.
Verger and Ann Margaret Duchon; sponsors, Augustus
rousseau de Ferriere. DUFFY, Eugene, born Feb. 1, 1797, of Hugh Duffy and Ann
Sweeny; sponsors, Denis Sweeny and Margaret Sweeny. DOYLE, Edmund Louis, born Oct. 27, 1796, of Thomas Doyle
and Margaret Kelly; sponsor, William O'Brien.
Bonagh, Frances, born Jan. 26, 1797, of Nicholas Bonagh and
Jane Stewart; sponsors, Patrick Mieghan and Eleanor
Dogherty. SMYTH, John, born July 15, 1796, of John Smyth and Mary
Seery; sponsors, Patrick Kelly and Rachel McIntosh. WARD, Joseph, born March 4, 1797, of Thomas Ward and
Margaret Tobin; sponsors, John Murphy and Catharine
Humber. HIGGINS, Catharine, born March 11, 1797, of Edward Higgins
and Honora Farrell; sponsors, James Fitzgerald and
Martha Roat. McCOLGAN, James, born April 14, 1797, of Michael McColgan
and Bridget Dogherty; sponsor, Alexander McMullen. CURRAN, Lucy, born Dec. 3, 1796, of John Curran and Elizabeth
Rogers; sponsors, Neal Gallagher and Elizabeth Ball. KIRWAN, John, born April 22, 1797, of Lawrence Kirwan and
Ann Sinclair; sponsors, Patrick Dillon and Mary James. CALLINGER, William, born March 26, 1797, of Maurice Callinger
and Mary Cassenbery; sponsors, Joseph Idley and Mary
Idley. HIGGINS, James, born May 6, 1797, of Lawrence Higgins and
Margaret Scott; sponsors, James Tremble and Sarah
Tremble. Sloot, William, born Feb. 11, 1797, of Isbrand Sloot and Ann
Wallum; sponsors, Andrew Matthew Birche and Magdalen
Birche. Hurly, Honora, born Nov. 28, 1796, of James Hurly and
Frances Moore; sponsors, Isbrand Sloot and Ann McCarty. LA MAGDALENE, John Peter, born April 14, 1797, of Louis La
Magdalene and Mary Charlotte Richard; sponsors, John
Peter Calbye and Mary Teresa Borrelly. LE Droict Bussy, Cecilia Esther Louisa, born March 23, 1797,
of Claudius John Baptist le Droict Bussy and Mary Clarke;
sponsors, Louis Renatus Lambert and Esther André. CURRAN, Henry, born May 10, 1797, of Henry Curran and
Ann Mount; sponsor, Henry Molloy. LAVALCIARE, Mary Catharine, born May 23, 1791, natural