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Virginia Legislative Petitions, 1776-1853 (Library of Virginia African American Narratives project)

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Petitioner Billy, Moses, Lunnon, & George
Date 1815-12-12
Locality Accomack County
Description Slaves liberated in the will of John Bull, ask for permission to reside in the state. Includes certificates.
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Petitioner Billy, Moses, Lunnon, & George
Date 1815-12-12
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Slaves liberated in the will of John Bull, ask for permission to reside in the state. Includes certificates.
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Petitioner Joseph
Date 1815-12-13
Locality Accomack County
Description Slave, freed by the will of Azariah Bloxom, asks for permission to remain in the state.
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Petitioner Joseph
Date 1815-12-13
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Slave, freed by the will of Azariah Bloxom, asks for permission to remain in the state.
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Petitioner Zadock, Peter, Jack, Agnes
Date 1815-12-14
Locality Accomack County
Description Slaves, freed by the will of Margaret Ker Robins, ask for permission to remain in the state. Includes will & certificate.
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Petitioner Zadock, Peter, Jack, Agnes
Date 1815-12-14
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Slaves, freed by the will of Margaret Ker Robins, ask for permission to remain in the state. Includes will & certificate.
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Petitioner Somers, Horsey & Rae, Charles
Date 1816-12-18
Locality Accomack County
Description Asks to retain two slaves in the state that belonged to Isaac Somers, of Somerset County, Maryland.
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Petitioner Somers, Horsey & Rae, Charles
Date 1816-12-18
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Asks to retain two slaves in the state that belonged to Isaac Somers, of Somerset County, Maryland.
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Petitioner Inhabitants
Date 1782-06-03
Locality Accomack County
Description Protest against legislation for the manumission of slaves.
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Petitioner Inhabitants
Date 1782-06-03
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Protest against legislation for the manumission of slaves.
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Petitioner Henderson, Littleton P.
Date 1827-12-11
Locality Accomack County
Description Asks for authority for directors of the Literary Fund to repay purchase money, paid by petitioner for a free negro, Jim Outten. Includes receipt & court documents.
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Petitioner Henderson, Littleton P.
Date 1827-12-11
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Asks for authority for directors of the Literary Fund to repay purchase money, paid by petitioner for a free negro, Jim Outten. Includes receipt & court documents.
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Petitioner Hall, Henry H.
Date 1827-12-11
Locality Accomack County
Description Asks for refund of $92 for a suit brought against him by John Knox for the reward of the capture of Sam Powell, a free negro who committed murder. Includes court documents.
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Petitioner Hall, Henry H.
Date 1827-12-11
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Asks for refund of $92 for a suit brought against him by John Knox for the reward of the capture of Sam Powell, a free negro who committed murder. Includes court documents.
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Petitioner Henderson, Littleton P.
Date 1828-12-23
Locality Accomack County
Description Asks for refund of $50 with interest, paid for free negro Jim Outten, in sale of free negroes in 1826. Includes certificate.
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Petitioner Henderson, Littleton P.
Date 1828-12-23
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Asks for refund of $50 with interest, paid for free negro Jim Outten, in sale of free negroes in 1826. Includes certificate.
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Petitioner Joynes, John D.
Date 1834-12-31
Locality Accomack County
Description Asks for refund of $117.45 paid by him in a suit by Littleton R. Henderson for recovery of purchase price of free negro, Jim Outten, and sold by the overseers of the poor. Includes court documents.
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Petitioner Joynes, John D.
Date 1834-12-31
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Asks for refund of $117.45 paid by him in a suit by Littleton R. Henderson for recovery of purchase price of free negro, Jim Outten, and sold by the overseers of the poor. Includes court documents.
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Petitioner Patty
Date 1838-01-02
Locality Accomack County
Description Slave freed by Catherine Coward asks for permission to remain in the state.
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Petitioner Patty
Date 1838-01-02
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Slave freed by Catherine Coward asks for permission to remain in the state.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1838-01-06
Locality Accomack County
Description Ask for permission for Solomon, freed by the will of Elizabeth Wharton, to remain in the State.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1838-01-06
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Ask for permission for Solomon, freed by the will of Elizabeth Wharton, to remain in the State.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1838-01-13
Locality Accomack County
Description Ask for permission for Isaac, manumitted by Purnel O. Outten, to remain in the State.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1838-01-13
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Ask for permission for Isaac, manumitted by Purnel O. Outten, to remain in the State.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1838-01-13
Locality Accomack County
Description Ask for permission for John, freed by the will of William Mathews, to remain in the State.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1838-01-13
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Ask for permission for John, freed by the will of William Mathews, to remain in the State.
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Petitioner Rew, Richard S.
Date 1840-01-15
Locality Accomack County
Description Asks for refund of money paid in purchase of a negro, William, freed by Charles Ewell and sold by Thomas Lilliston in 1839.
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Petitioner Rew, Richard S.
Date 1840-01-15
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Asks for refund of money paid in purchase of a negro, William, freed by Charles Ewell and sold by Thomas Lilliston in 1839.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1843-01-11
Locality Accomack County
Description Ask for an act requiring free negroes in Accomack who sell produce to show certificate of two housekeepers that produce was honestly obtained.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1843-01-11
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Ask for an act requiring free negroes in Accomack who sell produce to show certificate of two housekeepers that produce was honestly obtained.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1845-01-07
Locality Accomack County
Description Ask for permission for Peter Snead, a free negro emancipated by the will of Tully Snead, to live in the state.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1845-01-07
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Ask for permission for Peter Snead, a free negro emancipated by the will of Tully Snead, to live in the state.
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Petitioner Underhill, Thomas
Date 1845-01-11
Locality Accomack County
Description Asks for payment for his services during the last war.
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Petitioner Underhill, Thomas
Date 1845-01-11
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Asks for payment for his services during the last war.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1845-01-21
Locality Accomack County
Description Asks that the purchase price of a runaway negro, William Ewell, sold to Richard S. Rew by court be refunded. Includes copy of court record, account of sale, & certificate.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1845-01-21
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Asks that the purchase price of a runaway negro, William Ewell, sold to Richard S. Rew by court be refunded. Includes copy of court record, account of sale, & certificate.
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Petitioner Rew, Richard S.
Date 1845-01-21
Locality Accomack County
Description Asks for the return of the purchase price of a negro, William, who was sold to the petitioner by the sheriff, but who ran off to New York and is a total loss.
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Petitioner Rew, Richard S.
Date 1845-01-21
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Asks for the return of the purchase price of a negro, William, who was sold to the petitioner by the sheriff, but who ran off to New York and is a total loss.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1845-01-28
Locality Accomack County
Description Ask for permission for Richard Chandler, a free negro, to remain within the Commonwealth.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1845-01-28
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Ask for permission for Richard Chandler, a free negro, to remain within the Commonwealth.
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Petitioner Peck, Benjamin
Date 1776-11-08
Locality Accomack County
Description Asks for compensation for use of a lost boat, used by negroes in the Salt Works for returning home.
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Petitioner Peck, Benjamin
Date 1776-11-08
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Asks for compensation for use of a lost boat, used by negroes in the Salt Works for returning home.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1848-03-02
Locality Accomack County
Description Ask for a law prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors to free negroes.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1848-03-02
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Ask for a law prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors to free negroes.
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Petitioner Rew, Richard S.
Date 1849-12-06
Locality Accomack County
Description Asks for a refund of purchase money of a free negro sold for remaining in the state more than 12 months under the law of 1806. [Not Filmed]
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Petitioner Rew, Richard S.
Date 1849-12-06
Locality Accomack County
Type Endorsement
Description Asks for a refund of purchase money of a free negro sold for remaining in the state more than 12 months under the law of 1806. [Not Filmed]
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Petitioner Paramour, Thomas
Date 1778-12-03
Locality Accomack County
Description Asks for the return of his slave, sent to the lead mines for attempting to join Lord Dunmore, and compensation for his service in the mines.
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Petitioner Paramour, Thomas
Date 1778-12-03
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Asks for the return of his slave, sent to the lead mines for attempting to join Lord Dunmore, and compensation for his service in the mines.
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Petitioner Latham, Ayres
Date 1805-12-13
Locality Accomack County
Description Asks for a divorce from his wife Tabitha Latham who has borne a mulatto child.
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Petitioner Latham, Ayres
Date 1805-12-13
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Asks for a divorce from his wife Tabitha Latham who has borne a mulatto child.
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Petitioner Robins, Margaret Ker
Date 1809-12-06
Locality Accomack County
Description Ask for permission to retain without penalty slaves left her by her father, Thomas Bagby, of Accomac, taken into Maryland and brought back again.
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Petitioner Robins, Margaret Ker
Date 1809-12-06
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Ask for permission to retain without penalty slaves left her by her father, Thomas Bagby, of Accomac, taken into Maryland and brought back again.
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Petitioner Houston, William
Date 1809-12-15
Locality Accomack County
Description Ask for the privilege of bringing three slaves from Maryland into Virginia.
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Petitioner Houston, William
Date 1809-12-15
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Ask for the privilege of bringing three slaves from Maryland into Virginia.
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Petitioner McMaster, James
Date 1809-12-15
Locality Accomack County
Description Ask for the privilege of bringing a slave from Maryland into Virginia.
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Petitioner McMaster, James
Date 1809-12-15
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Ask for the privilege of bringing a slave from Maryland into Virginia.
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Petitioner Jingo
Date 1810-12-08
Locality Accomack County
Description Asks for permission to remain in the state. Includes certificates.
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Petitioner Jingo
Date 1810-12-08
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Asks for permission to remain in the state. Includes certificates.
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Petitioner Houston, William
Date 1811-01-24
Locality Accomack County
Description Asks for permission to bring slaves from Maryland into Virginia. Includes list of other persons also requesting to brings slaves into the state.
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Petitioner Houston, William
Date 1811-01-24
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Asks for permission to bring slaves from Maryland into Virginia. Includes list of other persons also requesting to brings slaves into the state.
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Petitioner McMaster, James
Date 1811-01-24
Locality Accomack County
Description Asks for permission to bring slave from Maryland into Virginia.
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Petitioner McMaster, James
Date 1811-01-24
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Asks for permission to bring slave from Maryland into Virginia.
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Petitioner Justice, Robin
Date 1811-12-04
Locality Accomack County
Description Asks for permission for himself, his children and wife, all emancipated, to reside in the Commonwealth.
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Petitioner Justice, Robin
Date 1811-12-04
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Asks for permission for himself, his children and wife, all emancipated, to reside in the Commonwealth.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1852-02-18
Locality Accomack County
Description Asks that the free negroes be permitted to remain in the county, and be compelled to hire themselves out under the supervision of commissioners appointed. Includes certificate.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1852-02-18
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Asks that the free negroes be permitted to remain in the county, and be compelled to hire themselves out under the supervision of commissioners appointed. Includes certificate.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1852-02-18
Locality Accomack County
Description Asks that the free negroes be permitted to remain in the county, and be compelled to hire themselves out under the supervision of commissioners appointed.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1852-02-18
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Asks that the free negroes be permitted to remain in the county, and be compelled to hire themselves out under the supervision of commissioners appointed.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1852-05-17
Locality Accomack County
Description Ask for permission for free negroes to remain in the county, and appointment of commissioners to hire them out.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1852-05-17
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Ask for permission for free negroes to remain in the county, and appointment of commissioners to hire them out.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1853-02-10
Locality Accomack County
Description Ask for a law governing and regulating the free negro population in the county.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1853-02-10
Locality Accomack County
Type Petition
Description Ask for a law governing and regulating the free negro population in the county.
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Petitioner Smith, Isaac; Bowdoin, Preston; & Smith, Thoroughgood
Date 1776-11-07
Locality Northampton County
Description Executors of John Bowdoin, deceased, ask for the return of two slaves belonging to his estate who were sent to the lead mines.
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Petitioner Smith, Isaac; Bowdoin, Preston; & Smith, Thoroughgood
Date 1776-11-07
Locality Northampton County
Type Petition
Description Executors of John Bowdoin, deceased, ask for the return of two slaves belonging to his estate who were sent to the lead mines.
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Petitioner Wilson, John Curtis
Date 1792-10-13
Locality Northampton County
Description Asks for a law to authorize & permit him to remove sundry slaves from Somerset County, Maryland, to Virginia.
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Petitioner Wilson, John Curtis
Date 1792-10-13
Locality Northampton County
Type Petition
Description Asks for a law to authorize & permit him to remove sundry slaves from Somerset County, Maryland, to Virginia.
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Petitioner Jarvis, William
Date 1818-12-23
Locality Northampton County
Description Deputy sheriff of Northampton County under Thomas D. Simkins in 1813 & 1814 asks for a law authorizing the Auditor to issue a warrant for $175 as credit for a list of insolvent free negroes.
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Petitioner Jarvis, William
Date 1818-12-23
Locality Northampton County
Type Petition
Description Deputy sheriff of Northampton County under Thomas D. Simkins in 1813 & 1814 asks for a law authorizing the Auditor to issue a warrant for $175 as credit for a list of insolvent free negroes.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1831-12-06
Locality Northampton County
Description Ask for a law to remove free persons of color from the county to Liberia.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1831-12-06
Locality Northampton County
Type Petition
Description Ask for a law to remove free persons of color from the county to Liberia.
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Petitioner House of Delegates
Date 1837-01-07
Locality Northampton County
Description Resolution of the Committee for Courts of Justice to enquire into the expediency of confirming a sale made by Miers W. Fisher, committee of Edward R. Boisnard, a lunatic, of a slave named Mary. Includes court order.
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Petitioner House of Delegates
Date 1837-01-07
Locality Northampton County
Type Resolution
Description Resolution of the Committee for Courts of Justice to enquire into the expediency of confirming a sale made by Miers W. Fisher, committee of Edward R. Boisnard, a lunatic, of a slave named Mary. Includes court order.
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Petitioner Waddey, Edward R.
Date 1838-01-25
Locality Northampton County
Description Appointed by the Executive as agent for the purpose of receiving fugitives from justice in New York and asks for a law appropriating a sum for apprehending the fugitives. Includes correspondence & executive order.
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Petitioner Waddey, Edward R.
Date 1838-01-25
Locality Northampton County
Type Petition
Description Appointed by the Executive as agent for the purpose of receiving fugitives from justice in New York and asks for a law appropriating a sum for apprehending the fugitives. Includes correspondence & executive order.
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1839-02-23
Locality Northampton County
Description Ask to amend or modify the act passed on 4 March 1833 "making appropriations for the removal of free persons of color." Includes petition regarding the sale of a tract of land called Dixon's & a tavern lot in the village of Bridgewater (1812/12/22).
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Petitioner Citizens
Date 1839-02-23
Locality Northampton County
Type Petition
Description Ask to amend or modify the act passed on 4 March 1833 "making appropriations for the removal of free persons of color." Includes petition regarding the sale of a tract of land called Dixon's & a tavern lot in the village of Bridgewater (1812/12/22).
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Petitioner Robins, Candis & Shadrack
Date 1841-02-09
Locality Northampton County
Description Former slaves emancipated by the will of Nancy Robins ask for permission to remain in the Commonwealth.
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Petitioner Robins, Candis & Shadrack
Date 1841-02-09
Locality Northampton County
Type Petition
Description Former slaves emancipated by the will of Nancy Robins ask for permission to remain in the Commonwealth.
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Petitioner Stephens, Rica & Others
Date 1843-02-15
Locality Northampton County
Description Free negro, born in Northampton and resident of Accomack, who purchased & emancipated his wife & daughters, asks for permission for them to remain in the Commonwealth.
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Petitioner Stephens, Rica & Others
Date 1843-02-15
Locality Northampton County
Type Petition
Description Free negro, born in Northampton and resident of Accomack, who purchased & emancipated his wife & daughters, asks for permission for them to remain in the Commonwealth.
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