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Free Negro Legislative Petitions - VA

Held by Library of Virginia (searchable database online):

Petitioner Locality Date Description Reel# Box Folder

Adams, Ned Campbell County 1834/12/13 Former slave manumitted by the last will & testament of his master asks for a law authorizing him to remain in the Commonwealth. 33 47 58

Alexander, Joseph Hampshire County 1848/12/05 Former slave emancipated by the will of William Herron asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes letters. 76 103 8

Amy Chesterfield County 1848/02/15 Manumitted by the will of Mary Cox and asks to be allowed to remain in the Commonwealth. 40 56 67
Ann Cabell County 1836/01/23 Former slave freed by the will of William Fullerton asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. 32 44 68
Arthur Chesterfield County 1848/02/15 Manumitted by the will of Mary Cox and asks to be allowed to remain in the Commonwealth. 40 56 66
Atkins, Isaac Isle of Wight County 1836/12/08 Former slave asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. 91 122 62
Auxiliary Colonization Society Buckingham County 1832/12/21 Ask for an appropriation of a sum of money for aiding in the removal of the free people of color from this Commonwealth and such slaves as may be voluntarily emancipated. 31 42 40
Auxiliary Colonization Society of Frederick County Frederick County 1832/01/03 Ask that the government appropriate an annual sum for the removal to Africa of such free persons of color as shall voluntarily propose to emigrate. Includes letter. (See Oversized) 61 83 11
Barber, Adam Frederick County 1811/01/10 Former slave emancipated by the will of John S. Woodcock asks for permission to remain in the state. Includes will. 59 81 94
Bassett, Patsey Charles City County 1827/12/08 Former slave emancipated by the will of John Clark asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. 37 52 48
Beall, Alpheas Brooke County 1825/12/12 Ask for a law allowing his slaves Esther, Leathy, Mariah, & Harriet to stay in the Commonwealth after they are emancipated upon his death. 27 36 71
Beasly, Amy Giles County 1845/12/03 Former slave of Adam Johnston asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. 63 86 83
Beasly, Thomas Giles County 1839/12/18 Asks for a law authorizing the county court to permit petitioner to keep & use a firelock. Includes court record. 63 86 69
Beeseck, James Frederick County 1816/12/12 Former slave emancipated by Jane Graham asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. 60 82 29
Bell, Jane Fauquier County 1827/12/06 Emancipated by the will of Abraham Waters and asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes certificate of conduct. 51 73 46
Ben Essex County 1842/12/06 Emancipated by the will of Obed Gray after the death of Jane Dirkman and asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. 48 67 100
Betty Charles City County 1827/12/08 Former slave emancipated by the will of John Clark asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. 37 52 49
Bias, Stephen Albemarle County 1839/02/14 Asks for permission to remain in the state, having purchased his freedom from Joel W. Brown in 1837. Includes deed of emancipation from Joel W. Brown. 4 5 13
Bias, William Hampshire County 1842/12/07 Free negro asks for an act granting him the privilege of remaining in the Commonwealth. 75 102 46
Billy Buckingham County 1814/10/25 Emancipated by the will of his late master Robert Kincaid asks for a law enabling him to reside within the limits of his native state. Includes will, letter, & certificate. 30 41 102
Billy, Moses, Lunnon, & George Accomack County 1815/12/12 Slaves liberated in the will of John Bull, ask for permission to reside in the state. Includes certificates. 1 1 50
Birch, Henry Hanover County 1810/12/20 Free negro asks for a law authorizing his sons John & Bond Birch, slaves whom he purchased from William Dandridge Claiborne of King William Co., to reside within the Commonwealth. 78 105 105
Board of Managers of the Virginia Colonization Society Henrico County 1837/01/19 Ask for a charter for the Virginia Colonization Society to obtain a tract of land on the coast of Africa for the establishment of a new plantation called New Virginia, to be settled by free people of color, including manumitted slaves. 88 117 65
Bowles, Benjamin Amelia County 1821/12/11 Asks for remission of fine against him for chastising free negroes and a white woman associated with them. 8 9 83
Branch, Pompey Isle of Wight County 1810/12/10 Former slave of Benjamin Branch asks for an act authorizing him to remain in the state. Includes deed of emancipation & receipts, 91 122 35
Brown, Robin Henrico County 1837/01/16 Former slave of Francis Frayser, deceased, asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. 88 117 64
Bruce, Charles & Others Hardy County 1833/02/01 Former slaves emancipated by the will of Abraham Vanmeter ask for an act authorizing them to remain in the Commonwealth. 80 107 56
Bruce, Charles & Others Hardy County 1841/12/13 Former slaves emancipated by the will of Abraham Vanmeter ask for an act authorizing them to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes will. 80 107 79
Burwell, Peter Gloucester County 1812/12/12 Emancipated by the will of Mann Page Burwell and asks for permission to reside in Virginia. Includes certificates. 65 89 39
Butler, Hope Isle of Wight County 1834/12/23 Former slave emancipated by his owner James Young asks for an act giving him general permission to reside within the Commonwealth. 91 122 60
Butler, Hope & Emma Isle of Wight County 1839/01/10 Former slave emancipated by his owner James Young asks for an act giving his wife Emma & their children (Maria, Elizabeth, Cornelius, Charlotte, Sarah, Rebecca, & Philis) permission to remain within the Commonwealth. 91 122 65
Campbell, James L. Augusta County 1847/01/16 Permission to remain in Staunton having returned to the state from Philadelphia. Includes certificate. (See Oversized) 13 18 32
Capes, Maria Dinwiddie County 1841/02/24 Former slave emancipated by the will of Col. William Ross asks for an act permitting her to remain in the State of Virginia. 46 64 1

Carter, Henry Charles City County 1815/12/21 Emancipated six years ago by his late master Robert Pleasants, asks for an act authorizing petitioner's wife Prescilla to remain, after emancipation, in the Commonwealth. Includes certificates. 37 52 33

Cary, Ephraim & Betsey (Free Negroes) Charles City County 1835/01/21 Former slaves of John Tyler sold to John Lewis and emancipated by him in 1831 ask for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. 37 52 57

Charleston, John Amherst County 1814/10/13 Free negro asks for permission for his wife and two children to remain in the state having purchased their freedom. 10 12 39

Citizens Accomack County 1838/01/06 Ask for permission for Solomon, freed by the will of Elizabeth Wharton, to remain in the State. 1 1 84

Citizens Accomack County 1838/01/13 Ask for permission for John, freed by the will of William Mathews, to remain in the State. 1 1 86

Citizens Accomack County 1838/01/13 Ask for permission for Isaac, manumitted by Purnel O. Outten, to remain in the State. 1 1 85

Citizens Accomack County 1845/01/07 Ask for permission for Peter Snead, a free negro emancipated by the will of Tully Snead, to live in the state. 1 2 13

Citizens Accomack County 1845/01/28 Ask for permission for Richard Chandler, a free negro, to remain within the Commonwealth. 1 2 17

Citizens Augusta County 1837/01/21 Permission for John Bridget, freed by the will of Susannah Wayt, be allowed to remain in the state. 13 17 57

Citizens Berkeley County 1812/12/02 Ask that the negro Jerry and his wife Susannah be permitted to remain in the state having been freed by the will of John B. Craighill. Includes notice & another petition from Jerry & Susannah. 19 27 23

Citizens Brooke County 1838/03/03 Ask for a law allowing a free mulatto woman, the nurse to the wife of Presbyterian Minister R.M. White, to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes letter from White. 27 36 98

Citizens Caroline County 1832/01/20 Ask for the total prohibition of emancipation by individuals, but upon the condition of removal out of the state and the
Citizens Culpeper County 1836/01/25 Ask that Robin, the former slave of Benjamin Ferguson, may be permitted to remain with his family or to carry his wife with him to a free state. Includes letters. 43 60 15

Citizens Culpeper County 1839/02/20 Ask for a law permitting Armistead Johns, a free man of color emancipated by the will of Eppa Timberlake, to remain in the Commonwealth. 43 60 25

Citizens Frederick County 1860/01/21 Ask for permission to Archibald Robinson, a free man of color, to remain in the Commonwealth. 62 85 19

Citizens Gloucester County 1834/03/15 Withdrawal receipt from a petition of citizens of Gloucester Co. in favor of Bailer Cooler to remain in the Commonwealth. 65 89 53

Citizens Goochland County 1840/02/18 Ask that permission to remain in the Commonwealth be granted to Eliza, a former slave freed by the will of Joseph Perkins. 66 91 19

Citizens & Slaveholders Harrison County 1839/01/11 Ask for an act authorizing Henson, a free man of color, to remain in the Commonwealth. 84 112 43

Citizens of Campbell, Charlotte, & Prince Edward Campbell County 1834/12/10 Ask for an act enabling Shederick and his wife Lucy, emancipated by Thomas Ford, Sr. of Prince Edward Co., to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes letter. 33 47 57

Citizens of Campbell, Charlotte, & Prince Edward Charlotte County 1834/12/10 Ask for an act enabling Shederick and his wife Lucy, emancipated by Thomas Ford, Sr. of Prince Edward Co., to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes letter. (See Campbell Co.) 38 53 68

Citizens of Caroline & Hanover Caroline County 1821/12/11 Ask for a law allowing the family of Joseph Tyree, a free negro, to remain in the Commonwealth. 35 49 98

Citizens of Clarke & Warren Clarke County 1852/03/01 Ask for an act permitting Richard Castleman, a free negro, to remain in the Commonwealth. 41 57 51

Citizens of Prince William & Fauquier Fauquier County 1858/01/11 Ask for an act allowing Moses Sorrel, manumitted by the will of Mrs. M.P. Paliner, to remain in the Commonwealth. 54 75 84

Clark, Seth Brooke County 1826/01/17 Asks for a law allowing a free negro named Marion to reside in the Commonwealth. 27 36 74
Comer, Dennis Fairfax County 1837/01/12 Former slave of Edward Washington who acquired his freedom on 1 May 1806 asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. 50 70 68

Cooler, Phill & Morris, Eliza Gloucester County 1829/12/17 Slave who married a free negro named Eliza Morris asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth if given his freedom. 65 89 49

Daniel, Patty Halifax County 1842/12/14 Former slave freed by the will of Philip E. Vass asks for a special act granting her permission to remain in the state. 73 99 33

David Amelia County 1834/12/12 Freed by the will of Rev. John Skurrey (Scurry) upon the death of his wife Susanna, asks permission to remain in the state. Includes certificate of good character. 8 10 11

Davy Bedford County 1830/12/08 A resident of Franklin Co., emancipated by the will of Anna M. Quarles of Bedford and asks for permission to remain in the State. Includes certificate. 17 24 46

Dean, Betty; Franky; Billy; John, and Others Amherst County 1811/12/04 Ask for permission for free negroes, recently emancipated by Capt. John N. Rose, to remain in the state. 10 12 33

Dennis Fairfax County 1822/12/12 Former slave of Edward Washington who purchased his own freedom by working in a blacksmith shop and ask for permission to remain in the state. 49 70 14

Deskins, Lewis & Mary (Free Negroes) Fairfax County 1836/12/17 Former slaves emancipated by the will of Thomas Lindsay ask for an act permitting them to remain in the Commonwealth. 50 70 63

Dilly Giles County 1829/12/21 Former slave emancipated by Elias Harman asks for permission to remain in the county with her husband who is a slave of Abram Nisewander. Includes notice. 63 86 29

Ditchen, Daniel, James, & David Harrison County 1850/03/12 Sons of emancipated slaves who were born free in Virginia ask for an act allowing them to remain in Virginia. 86 114 45

Duncan, Thomas Hampshire County 1847/01/23 Former slave freed by the will of Joel Elbis asks for a law granting him the privilege of remaining in the Commonwealth. 75 102 81

Fitch, Walker Augusta County 1861/01/07 Free negro asks to be returned to slavery under Michael G. Harman. Includes affidavits. 14 19 39
Fleming, John S. Goochland County 1824/12/09 Asks for a law authorizing Harvey and his wife Mary, former slaves emancipated by the will of Martha H. Syme, to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes letter & will. 66 90 89

Godfree Brunswick County 1814/10/21 Former slave belonging to William Brown of Surry asks for a law authorizing petitioner to remain in the Commonwealth. 29 39 60

Gordon, Dillard Essex County 1825/12/15 Asks for a law allowing his wife Floreal Floretta, emancipated by the will of Philip Henshaw, to remain in the State. Includes will & certificates. 48 67 78

Gregory, Richard Chesterfield County 1848/02/15 Manumitted by the will of Mary Cox and asks to be allowed to remain in the Commonwealth. 40 56 65

Gregory, Richard Chesterfield County 1849/10/12 Receipt for papers accompanying the petition of Richard Gregory including sundry certificates of individuals testifying to his character and an extract of a will. (See 1850 Jan. 12) 40 56 79

Gregory, Richard Chesterfield County 1850/01/12 Asks for a law granting him unconditional permission to remain in the state. Includes certificates. 40 56 81
Hall, Henry H. Accomack County 1827/12/11 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. 1 1 71

Hardy, Louis Isle of Wight County 1839/01/28 Former slave asks for an act authorizing him to remain in the Commonwealth. 91 122 68

Harris, Samuel Essex County 1811/12/06 Emancipated by the will of Dr. Mace Clements in 1806 asks for a law permitted him to remain in the State. Includes will & certificates. 48 67 64

Harry Bath County 1828/12/18 Asks for permission to remain in the State having been bequeathed from Elizabeth Sitlington to Andrew McDonald and able to his freedom. Includes certificate in support of petitioner. 16 21 70

Henderson, Littleton P. Accomack County 1827/12/11 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. 1 1 70

Henderson, Littleton P. Accomack County 1828/12/23 Asks for refund of $50 with interest, paid for free negro Jim Outten, in sale of free negroes in 1826. Includes certificate. 1 1 73
Hopes, John Augusta County 1839/03/23 Letter from G.N. Johnson to Geo. W. Munford, clerk of the House of Delegates, regarding the petition of John Hopes, a free negro, to remain in the state. Includes receipt. 13 17 77

Howard, Aaron Hampshire County 1849/12/20 Former slave of Col. Robert Sherrard asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. 76 103 15

Inhabitants Amelia County 1809/12/16 Ask for relief on behalf of Patience the wife, and Philemon, Elizabeth, and Henry the children of a free black man named Frank, deceased. Includes deed & certificate. 8 9 67

Inhabitants Amherst County 1833/12/27 Ask for permission for Archie Higginbotham, a free negro, to remain in the state. Includes certificates. 10 12 81

Inhabitants Berkeley County 1829/12/14 Ask that Daniel Parker a free negro from of the town of Martinsburg be permitted to remain in the state. 20 27 71

Jackson, Hiram Frederick County 1850/02/11 Former slave of Henry Jackson asks for permission to remain in the State. 62 84 86

Jackson, Nelson Fauquier County 1844/12/06 Former slave freed by Charles M. Gibson asks for an act allowing him to remain in the Commonwealth. 53 74 68

Jacob Fairfax County 1813/12/17 Formerly the property of Nathaniel Wheeler of Prince William Co. and asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. 49 69 96
Jacob Fairfax County 1814/10/29 Formerly the property of Nathaniel Wheeler of Prince William Co. and asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes affidavits. 49 69 97

Jacob, Mary, & Patsey Halifax County 1841/12/15 Former slaves freed by the will of Philip E. Vass ask for a law authorizing them to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes will. 73 99 29

James Hampshire County 1813/12/09 Former slave emancipated by the will of Joseph Hill in 1804 (after an additional 5 years service under Archibald Linthecum) asks for a law permitting him to reside within the Commonwealth. Includes deed of emancipation & certificates. 74 101 7

Jennings, Samuel K. Campbell County 1815/12/18 Asks for permission of a slave named Mourning, purchased by the petitioner and her husband Will, to remain in the state. Includes certificates. 33 46 78

Jerry & Susannah (Free Negroes) Berkeley County 1811/12/09 Petitioners were freed by the will of John B. Craighill and ask for permission to remain in the state. Includes copy of will, affidavit, and notice. 19 27 19

Jingo Accomack County 1810/12/08 Asks for permission to remain in the state. Includes certificates. 1 1 42

Joe Bedford County 1830/12/17 Petitioner was freed by the will of Anna M. Quarles of Bedford. Asks for permission to remain in the State. Includes will and affidavits. 17 24 48

Johnson, Judy Fairfax County 1835/12/11 Former slave emancipated by the will of Thomas Sinclair and his widow Jane Sinclair asks for an act permitting her to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes certificate. 50 70 58

Johnson, Samuel Fauquier County 1815/12/16 Former slave of Edward Digges who purchased the freedom of his wife and two children, asks for their permission to remain in the Commonwealth. 51 72 95

Johnson, Samuel Fauquier County 1835/01/19 Asks that his daughter Lucy Malvin may be allowed to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes letter & certificates. 52 74 3

Johnson, Samuel Fauquier County 1837/01/25 Asks for permission of his three grandchildren, Sam, Rebecca, & Thornton, from his daughter Lucy Malvin, to remain in the Commonwealth. 52 74 22

Johnston, Samuel Fauquier County 1820/12/14 Former slave who acquired ownership of his wife & two children asks that they be permitted to remain in the Commonwealth once emancipated. 51 73 9

Johnston, Samuel Fauquier County 1822/12/17 Asks for the emancipation of his daughter. Includes certificates of character. 51 73 17

Johnston, Samuel Fauquier County 1823/12/04 Former slave who became the owner of his wife Patty and daughter Lucy and asks for an act authorizing their emancipation & permanent residence in Fauquier County. 51 73 20

Johnston, Samuel Fauquier County 1824/12/04 Former slave who became the owner of his wife Patty and daughter Lucy and asks for an act authorizing their emancipation & permanent residence in Fauquier County. Includes certificates of conduct. 51 73 23

Johnston, Samuel Fauquier County 1826/12/07 Asks for a law emancipating his daughter Lucy. Includes certificate of conduct & notice. 51 73 34
Johnston, Samuel Fauquier County 1828/12/05 Ask for an act emancipating his wife Patty and daughter Lucy whose ownership he acquired. 52 73 61

Jordan, Fleming Buckingham County 1848/01/19 Former slave of Samuel Ford who was freed in his will in 1846 and asks for an act allowing him to remain in the state. Includes letters of support. 31 43 33

Joseph Accomack County 1815/12/13 Slave, freed by the will of Azariah Bloxom, asks for permission to remain in the state. 1 1 51

Joynes, John D. Accomack County 1834/12/31 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. 1 1 78

Judy, Fanny, Jane, & Abraham (Free Negroes) Elizabeth City County 1843/01/18 Former slaves emancipated by the will of Sally Jenkins ask for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes will. 47 65 97

Justice, Robin Accomack County 1811/12/04 Asks for permission for himself, his children and wife, all emancipated, to reside in the Commonwealth. 1 1 46

Leanty, Mary, & Henry (Free Negroes) Amherst County 1837/01/25 Free negroes and former slaves of Richard Smith, ask for permission to remain in the state. 10 13 11

Lee, Arthur Alleghany County 1835/12/28 Purchased as a slave by Dr. John McDowell of Hot Springs who bequeathed him to Hamilton Brown of North Carolina. Petitioner was able to purchase his freedom and asks for permission for himself and his family to remain in the State. 7 8 27

Leonard, Samuel, Dennis, & Celia Halifax County 1833/12/04 Former slaves emancipated by the will of Isabella Leonard ask for permission to remain in the state. Includes will. 72 98 78

Long, Betsey Amherst County 1837/01/25 Free negro and former slave of Mrs. Long, asks for permission to remain in the state. 10 13 10

Lott & Ailey (Free Negroes) Floyd County 1836/12/13 Husband & wife emancipated by the will of Richard Wells ask for permission in the Commonwealth. 56 77 15

Lott, James Albemarle County 1810/12/07 Freed by the will of Peter Lott on Aug. 28, 1801, but was sold by the executor, Cornelius Schenk. Major Garland Carr advanced the money for petitioner's freedom and asks for an act confirming his freedom. 3 3 85
Lott, James Fluvanna County 1810/12/07 Freed by the will of Peter Lott on Aug. 28, 1801, but was sold by the executor, Cornelius Schenk. Major Garland Carr advanced the money for petitioner's freedom and asks for an act confirming his freedom. (See Albemarle Co.) 57 78 38

Lydia Greenbrier County 1827/12/06 Former slave emancipated by William Morrow asks that she may be allowed to stay in Greenbrier County. 68 94 25

Mahaly Hanover County 1829/12/24 Free negro emancipated by the will of John Bowe asks for permission to temporarily remain in the Commonwealth while a suit is pending. 79 106 27

Malvin, Lucy Fauquier County 1838/01/03 Asks for a divorce from her husband Spencer Malvin who insisted on removing to a free state after the disturbances in Southampton. 52 74 27

McIntosh, Nelly Culpeper County 1813/12/23 Former slave to Charles Clifton asks for a law allowing her to remain in the State. Includes certificate. 42 59 21

Miner, Spencer & Others Botetourt County 1839/02/26 Free negro emancipated by the children & representatives of Jacob Gish ask for a law permitting him to remain in the Commonwealth. 24 33 35

Monroe, James Albemarle County 1847/12/15 Asks for permission to remain in the state having been emancipated on Sept. 28, 1847, by Erasmus T. & Maria L. Rose of Shelby Co., Tennessee. 4 5 74

Monroe, James Albemarle County 1850/12/14 Asks for permission to remain in the state in order to stay with his wife and children who are still the property of Opie Norris. 4 6 15

Morris, James M. Hanover County 1814/10/21 Executor of Samuel Overton, deceased, asks for a law permitting the slaves, Armstead, Smith, London, Isaac, John, & Morning, emancipated by his will to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes will & certificates. 79 106 7

Moses Bedford County 1835/02/02 Petitioner was emancipated by the will of Lewis Chastain and asks for permission to remain in the State. Includes letter & court records. 18 24 65

Moses Goochland County 1822/12/18 Former slave of Judith Peers asks for permission to remain in the state. Includes affidavit. 66 90 88

Nansy Cumberland County 1813/12/07 Freed by the will of Henry Holloway along with her daughter Sophie and asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes will & certificates. 44 61 78
Norris, Jesse & Others (Free Negroes) Cumberland County 1815/12/18 Former slaves emancipated by the will of Thomas Norris ask for an act authorizing petitioners to remain in the state. Includes will. (See Oversized) 44 61 87

Patty Accomack County 1838/01/02 Slave freed by Catherine Coward asks for permission to remain in the state. 1 1 82

Purdie, Eliza Isle of Wight County 1839/01/28 Former slave emancipated by Thomas Purdie asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes affidavit. 91 122 67

Quarles, Murphy Bedford County 1837/02/08 Petitioner was freed by the will of Ann Maria Quarles and ask for permission to remain in the State. Includes will. 18 24 74

Rachel Alleghany County 1828/12/04 Free mulatto woman emancipated in the will of Jane Mann asks for permission to remain in the State. Includes will. 7 8 9

Rew, Richard S. Accomack County 1840/01/15 Asks for refund of money paid in purchase of a negro, William, freed by Charles Ewell and sold by Thomas Lilliston in 1839. 1 2 1

Rew, Richard S. Accomack County 1849/12/06 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. 0 2 33a

Reynolds, Samuel Frederick County 1812/12/22 Asks for permission for his wife Franky to remain in the Commonwealth having been emancipated by Charles Beckley. 60 82 4

Roberts, Nelson Albemarle County 1842/12/20 Asks for permission to remain in the state, having been emancipated in 1842 by Lucy Minor. Includes recommendation. 4 5 29

Robinson, Robert K. & Others Berkeley County 1850/01/08 Ask that William Gatrell, a free negro, be permitted to remain in the state. 20 28 53

Roderick Chesterfield County 1815/12/20 Former slave emancipated by the will of Thomas E. Trabue asks for an act allowing him to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes certificate & will. 39 55 27

Rowan, Pleasant Campbell County 1824/12/27 Former slave emancipated by Robert C. Steptoe of Bedford Co. asks for a law authorizing petitioner to reside in Campbell County. Includes certificates, order, deed of emancipation, & notice. 33 47 12
Sam Cabell County 1821/12/05 Former slave emancipated by Esther Russell asks for permission to remain in the state. 32 44 27

Sam Essex County 1808/12/19 Emancipated by Dr. Mace Clements and asks for a law permitting him to remain in the State. 48 67 60

Sam Fauquier County 1811/12/13 Purchased his freedom from Edward Digges, Sr., and asks for an act permitting him to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes letter & certificate. 51 72 88

Sam, Dennis, & Celia Halifax County 1833/02/07 Former slaves emancipated by the will of Isabella Leonard ask for permission to remain in the state. Includes certificate of age. 72 98 77

Sampson, Jacob Goochland County 1844/12/13 Free negro asks for an act to allow him to keep a house of private entertainment in Goochland County. Includes certificates. 66 91 22

Sarah Ann Culpeper County 1856/01/29 Daughter of Cyrus Ficklin, a free negro, and a slave woman purchased by him asks that the state relinquish their right to her and her children and give them their freedom. 43 60 79

Scott, Nick Buckingham County 1814/10/18 Former slave of Benjamin Harrison, deceased, asks for an act permitting him to reside in the Commonwealth. 30 41 100

Shelton, Anna Fluvanna County 1823/12/19 Former slave of John Ashlin purchased & manumitted by her husband Peyton Shelton asks for a law enabling him to remain in the state. 57 78 52

Shelton, Peyton Fluvanna County 1824/12/14 Former slave emancipated by a decree of the High Court of Chancery and who purchased & married a slave named Anna from John Ashlin, asks for a law authorizing Anna to remain in the state. 57 78 56

Skurrey, David Amelia County 1836/01/28 Freed by the will of Rev. John Skurrey (Scurry) upon the death of his wife Susanna and asks for permission to remain in the state. Includes certificate of good character. 8 10 14

Skurrey, David Amelia County 1836/12/16 Freed by the will of Rev. John Skurrey (Scurry) upon the death of his wife Susanna and asks permission to remain in the state. Includes two certificates of good character. 8 10 15

Skurrey, Dick Amelia County 1834/12/11 Freed by the will of John Skurrey and asks for permission to remain in the state. Includes certificate of good character. 8 10 10
Smith, Jim & Synthia Hardy County 1835/12/23 Emancipated slaves ask for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. 80 107 63

Smith, Michael Hampshire County 1828/12/04 Free negro, emancipated by Jeremiah Hiett in 1826, asks for temporary residence in the state until 1832 when he finishes purchasing a slave woman whom he married. 75 101 52

A mulatto man emancipated by the will of Rachel Belt asks for permission to reside within the State. 83 110 38

Starke Harrison County 1812/12/02 A mulatto man emancipated by the will of Rachel Belt asks for permission to move back to Virginia from Fayette County, Pennsylvania. 83 110 46

Starks, Daniel Fairfax County 1835/12/22 Former slave emancipated by the will of Thomas Sinclair and his widow Jane Sinclair asks for an act permitting him to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes certificate. 50 70 60

Stephen Albemarle County 1835/12/11 Free negro who purchased his freedom asks to be allowed to remain in the state with his family who are still slaves. 4 4 53

Sterling Chesterfield County 1814/10/12 Emancipated by the will of Mary Mann and asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes will of Mary Mann & certificate from Maj. Thomas Burfoot. (Filmed as Folder 22) (See Oversized) 39 55 21

Stevens, Robert Halifax County 1839/01/21 Son of John Stevens asks that a former slave named Mary, freed by his father's will, may remain in the Commonwealth. 73 99 11

Sylvia Halifax County 1837/02/10 Former slave freed by the will of her master asks for a law permitting her to remain in the state. 73 99 4

Taylor, Anderson Bath County 1840/01/20 Asks for permission to remain in the state having been freed by his former master, Alexander Davis. 16 22 16

Thomas, Fortune Halifax County 1850/02/01 Free negro who settled at Halifax Court House 20 years ago asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. 73 99 58

Thompson, Robert Botetourt County 1837/02/03 Free negro emancipated by David J. Thompson of Campbell Co. ask for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. 24 32 58
Tims (aka Fullerton), Lewis & Jack (Free Negroes) Cabell County 1836/12/28 Former slaves freed by the will of William Fullerton ask for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. 32 44 72

Tobias Brooke County 1811/12/17 Former slave to Col. Richard Brown asks for an acting permitting petitioner to remain in the state. 27 36 42

Uzzell, William Isle of Wight County 1847/12/18 Former slave emancipated by his mistress Nancy Uzzell asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. 91 122 82

Vaughan, Eleanor & Others Halifax County 1851/01/15 Eight former slaves freed by the will of Craddock Vaughan ask for leave to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes letter. 73 99 63

Viney, James & Joseph (Free Negroes) Giles County 1840/12/24 Ask for a law authorizing the County Court to grant them permission to carry fire arms on certain conditions. 63 86 73

Ward, Jeremiah Cabell County 1817/12/04 Emancipated a slave named Margaret and asks for a law giving her the same rights & privileges as other free persons of color. 32 44 20

Warner, Daniel Fauquier County 1836/12/16 Former slave asks for an act authorizing him to remain in the Commonwealth. 52 74 14

Washington Amherst County 1836/12/08 Former slave of Dr. James Powell sold to Thomas Higginbotham, asks for permission to remain in the State. 10 13 7

Washington, Emily Hardy County 1846/12/09 Free negro asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth until the expiration of the term of service of her youngest child. 80 107 95

Wells, Fontaine & Others Albemarle County 1835/01/31 Ask for permission for slave, Yarico, emancipated by her master, Fontaine Wells, to remain in Virginia. 4 4 50

Williams, Charles Fairfax County 1835/12/22 Former slave emancipated by the will of Thomas Sinclair and his widow Jane Sinclair asks for an act permitting him to remain in the Commonwealth. Includes certificate. 50 70 59

Williamson, Billy Campbell County 1851/01/17 Former slave emancipated by the will of D. Williamson and husband of a slave women who is the property of Joel Franklin asks for permission to remain in the Commonwealth. 34 48 49
Winston, John Henrico County 1820/12/11 Free negro emancipated in 1815 by the will of Izard Bacon asks for a law permitting him to reside with his family in the State of Virginia. (See Oversized) 87 116 115

Woodward, Samuel & Others Goochland County 1827/12/20 Ask for a law allowing Guy, his sister Genney, and children, former slaves of Judah Shoemaker, deceased, to remain in Virginia. 66 90 97

Wright, Samuel & Others Campbell County 1827/12/06 Ask for the release of the Commonwealth's right to the land and slaves which their uncle Thomas Wright devised to his natural son Robert, who died intestate & unmarried, by his slave Silvia. 33 47 19

Wright, Samuel & Others Campbell County 1828/12/10 Ask for the release of the Commonwealth's right to 375 acres and sundry slaves which their uncle Thomas Wright bequeathed to a mulatto named Robert, who died intestate & unmarried. Includes will, court documents, & depositions. 33 47 24

Zadock, Peter, Jack, Agnes Accomack County 1815/12/14 Slaves, freed by the will of Margaret Ker Robins, ask for permission to remain in the state. Includes will & certificate. 1 1 52


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