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Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1753-1761
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174 Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1753-1761.

Lib. J. R.
& U. S.

Excellency, but if you please to hear me I will now declare
the Truth, and then he proceeded as follows.

The Recantation and Confession of William Marshall als
Johnson, made before his Excellency and the Council the 29th
November 1756.
My real Name is William Marshall and not Johnson, I
was indeed born as I have been told near Marcus Hook in
the province of pensilvania, but of protestant parents, and I
have also been brought up in that Religion I have been in-
formed that when I was very young my parents removed
from pensilvania into Baltimore County, and rented a small
plantation in Gunpowder Neck, about a Year after such their
Removal my Father died and the next Winter my Mother
left that part of the Country, and going up into the Forrest
became a House-keeper to one William Rice a Widower,
her Family at that time consisted of three Daughters, and

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myself, one of my Sisters stayed in the Neck, and went to
live with a certain John de Brulier, another of my Sisters
hired herself soon after to Francis Freeman, and the third to
Roger Donahew. I was then about 5 Years old, and when
T was 6, my Mother bound me an Apprentice to one Abraham
Jerrard a Tanner and Shoemaker, who lives about five Miles
from Jacob Bull's Mill on the decease of Rice my Mother
returned to Pensilvania and was married to one Jos: Fore-
sight, but before I had served out my Apprenticeship and
when I was about 18 Years of Age, she came down to Balti-
more to see me and my Sisters, who were all then married,
visiting my Master she prevailed with him to give me up my
time and set me at Liberty; and soon afterwards her Hus-
band my Father in Law came down and took me home with
him to a plantation near Willings Town that he rented of one
William Derrickson, and I lived with him there and worked
for him on his plantation about a Month, I then hired myself
to Mr Derrickson, and served him almost a Year, afterwards
T worked with one John Bird, Lelif Peterson, and several
others in that Neighbourhood during the space of two Years.
I then came back to Baltimore County to see my Sisters, and
after 6 Weeks returned again to my Father in Law's and
thence went over Delaware, and worked about two Years
and a half with John Mounts, Peter Boone, and several other
persons in penn's Neck, thence I removed to Gloucester
County, and T and one Wicks undertook to saw a quantity
of Ship plank there for one Solomon Lippencut, we per-
formed our Contract in 4 Months, and I then hired myself
to one James Steelman, and worked for him and others in
that Neighbourhood about a Year at plantation Business,

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