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

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Record #75 from Abstracts of Petitions to Southern County Courts, 1775-1867

Part of Series B
Microfilm Reel in Collection Series 13
Microfilm Frame on Reel 1126
Accession Number (identifies petition on microfilm) 20384401
County Sussex
State Delaware
Year Legislative Petition Filed 1844
Abstract of Petition In her 1796 will, Mary Dial of Caroline County, Maryland, granted Peter, Kitty, and Milly, their freedom when they reached age thirty-one. Following her death, Dial's daughter took Milly, and later sold her to Roger Wrigh for a term of years. After the daughter's death, Wright took Milly and her son, Saulsbury Sheppard, to Delaware and sold them to Thomas Jacobs for a term of years, until Saulsbury Sheppard, reached age twenty-one or twenty-five. Now at age twenty-eight, Sheppard argues that he is entiitled to his freedom. He asks the court to recognize his freedom and summon Jacobs.

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