1 N.J.L. 230

Supreme Court of Judicature of New Jersey.




September Term, 1794.

HABEAS CORPUS to bring up the body of negro James.

A parent's authority to dispose of the services of his child ceases when the child arrives at the age of 21.

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It appeared that the mother of the negro had bound or sold the boy until he should be 27 years of age, and that the negro was more than twenty-one years old.

PER CURIAM. The parental authority to dispose of a child's services ceases when the latter arrives at the age of twenty-one; and in this case, the negro, being above that age, is entitled to his freedom.

NEGRO discharged.