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Re: WHARTON family "almost white" Stafford VA 1833
In Response To: Interesting Petitions: Pamunky Indians and FPOC ()
PAR #: 11683314
Abstract: Citizens of Stafford County defend the Wharton family--William, Lemuel, Barney, Nancy, and Lewis--who had been nominally owned by John Cooke Sr., deceased. The Whartons "are all white persons in complexion and in fact," with only a remote ancestor on one side of the family being black. They are persons "of excellent character," have married with whites, and in their attitudes and "particialities are decidedly for the whites." One Wharton identified a slave stealer; another gave information leading to the capture of several runaways in New York City. Citizens ask that this family be permitted to remain in Virginia.
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