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.
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.