Since Henry Nicols refers to George as a negro boy rather than negro man in his Will, he is thought to have been relatively young at the time. Perhaps he was to gain his freedom at a certain age, such as 16 or 21. Henry Nicols freed several slaves in his Will.
1 THH 27 - 15 March 1832 / 21 March 1832 - Will of Henry
Item I give and bequeath to my wife, Margaret A. Nicols, negro boy George to serve her until the fifteenth day of March 1842, who shall then be free.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my said negro woman Sarah, all that lot of ground with a small house thereon and containing about seven acres of land and lying back of the Methodist Meeting House, and I also give and bequeath unto said negro Sarah, a lot or parcel of land which I purchased of Jeremiah Bramble and adjoining the lands of Morris Roach, Henry Bradley and Daniel Sullivan, containing about 35 acres of land more or less. All of the said parcels of land I give and bequeath unto Sarah during her lifetime and after her decease I give and bequeath the same to negro girl Rosette who I here herein set free during her lifetime and after her death I give and bequeath the same to my negro Clem and negro George, children of the said negro Sarah, or the survivor of them and their heirs forever.
In 1845 George sold his right to his mother's land to Peter Dodson.
2 WJ 523 - 1 November 1845 - George Young, free negro, to Peter Dodson, free negro of Baltimore City, for $30: right, title, and interest in all the tracts of land which the late Henry Nicols by his last will and testament dated 15 March 1832 in 2 WWE 129
In 1850 George was living nearby likely working on the farm of John Baker. John Baker owned land in East New Market, just north of town, and between town and Cabin Creek. This is the last definitive mention of George Young in the local area.
1850 Census, District 1, Dorchester Co., pg 325, 24 Oct 1850 name age color occupation place of birth John Baker 37 farmer Maryland Eliza 23 Maryland William H. 5 Maryland Juniaus N. 3 Maryland Harriett S. 1 Maryland Joseph 75 farmer Maryland George Young 20 black laborer Maryland
In the 1860 Census the only record for a black George Young born in Maryland was as follows:
1860 Census, 6th Ward, Boston City, Suffolk Co., Mass. pg 861, 3 July 1860 John Scott 48 black jobber Virginia Jane Scott 27 black Virginia George W. Young 31 black laborer Maryland
It is not clear if the George W. Young in Boston is our subject. I could not find this George W. Young in the 1850 or 1870 Census. Many blacks left Maryland before 1860 and our George Young could have been one of them. He also could have passed away before 1860, or changed his name, or avoided being found by the Census Taker. There were twenty-five black men named George Young, who fought for the Union during the Civil War. A few mustered in from states on the coast north of the Mason-Dixon line.
In 1870 there are two black men named George Young who were born around 1830 in Maryland. One lived in St. Mary's County, Maryland. The other lived in Mississippi. At first glance it does not appear that either of these two men are our subject.