Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History

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Record #60 from Abstracts of Petitions to Southern County Courts, 1775-1867

Part of Series B
Microfilm Reel in Collection Series 12
Microfilm Frame on Reel 971
Accession Number (identifies petition on microfilm) 20381001
County Sussex
State Delaware
Year Legislative Petition Filed 1810
Abstract of Petition In 1805, Solomon Evans, of Sussex County, declared in his will that following the death of his wife, Agness, then in her eighties, his slave Abraham should be free. He appointed his son, Solomon Evan the younger, as executor. In 1808, the father died, and the son, according to Abraham, attempted to deceive him by telling him that he and his brother Purnell were slaves for life. The son then offered him a proposition, if Abraham would purchase his own time for a few years, Solomon would approach the other heirs and seek to obtain a deed of manumission. Ignorant of the provision in the will, and desirous of the enjoyment of Freedom," Abraham promised to pay Solomon $200 in several annual installments. In 1808, Agness died, and now Abraham , learning of the provisions in the will sues for his freedom.

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