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Petition of Nancy Day in Pittsylvania Co. VA

Petition of NANCY DAY, 1812, Pittsylvania Co. VA.

Yesterday I transcribed a Petition for one Nancy DAY on the LVA Transcribe “VA Untold AA Narrative”. In Oct 1812 NANCY DAY petitioned the Pittsylvania Court for her freedom from one Moses Hodges based on the fact that she was the daughter of a “free white woman”, and asked to be assigned counsel, George Tucker to pursue her case. According to her testimony she was given as an infant by her grandmother (her mother’s mother) to Moses Hodges and his wife, who appeared to have made comments over the years acknowledging the event. On Oct 12, 1812 Tucker would write that if the “facts could be found and I (he) believe that they may” she would be entitled to her freedom.

I took a look at book Pittsylvania Co., VA Register of Free Negroes transcribed by Alva H Griffith (miss you Alva) published in 2001 by Heritage Press. Page 2. Nancy DAY appears in the register on Nov 12, 1812, described as a “light mulatto woman about 28 years old .. 5 ft 5, said to have been born free but held in slavery” She produced a certificate which read “ I hereby release all right title, interest and claim whatsoever to Nancy Day a Mulatto woman and her children” signed by Moses Hodges.
Page 244 of the book refers to a reference in the Pittsylvania Court Order book which references her petition and notes that:
“however a Deed of emancipation for Nancy Day granted by Moses Hodges has not yet been found…"
Infact she would not have needed a Deed of Emancipation because since she was the daughter of a “white woman” she was born free and held illegally.

Page 273 has an entry dated June Court 1826 – rescinding the Indenture of apprenticeship binding Randolph Smith Day (apparently DAY was added above the line) a boy of Colour to Sion Hodges. Not sure if this is one of her children.


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