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

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Record #85 from Abstracts of Petitions to Southern County Courts, 1775-1867

Part of Series C
Microfilm Reel in Collection Series 1
Microfilm Frame on Reel 589
Accession Number (identifies petition on microfilm) 21679702
County Accomack
State Virginia
Year Legislative Petition Filed 1797
Abstract of Petition Thorougood Bell and Esther Drummond Bell seek a division of the slaves in the estate of the late Henry Drummond, the deceased husband of Esther Bell. Drummond stipulated in his will "that all the remainder part of my Estate not heretofore given after paying my just debts be equally divided between my Daughter Peggy Drummond and the chld my wife now goes with, but if my said child yet unborn should die without lawfull heir of his body surviving it, then all that I have given it, I give to my loving wife Esther Drummond." The Bells report that "the chld with which your Oratrix was pregnant at the time of making sd. will also died." They therefore ask "the aid of your worships" in effecting a dvision of the two slaves who have not "been disposed of in the foregoing part of the will."

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