The newly freed persons, generally mistresses or children of the grantors of liberty, stayed in Florida, again in violation of the law.
Brothers and sisters of the deceased challenged wills and instituted lawsuits to re-enslave individuals previously freed by estate executors.
(61) He had freed Jessie Acker, a sixteen year old mulatto slave, travelled with her to New York where she married a white man, and then sent a Jacksonville newspaper an announcement of the wedding which referred to the bride as "Miss" Jessie Acker and omitted reference to her race.
Defending himself against attacks printed in the Florida Republican, Alberti explained that after a six year trial period he and his wife had freed Jessie in 1849, testifying to her "moral worth, purity of conduct, strict integrity, and unwavering veracity." She stayed with them to work for wages, and they made "very sufficient provisions" for her in their wills.
In the 1840s it was a prescient Mary Hobkirk who freed Hagar with the proviso: "she shall be free, her own slave and the property of no one." (83)