AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
Ransom Pettiford Freedom Hearing
This is a transcript of the hearing for Ransome Pettiford to verify his status as a free person of color. Ransom Pettiford is the son of my great great great grandfather Edmund Pettiford. Edmund and his family migrated to the midwest in the 1840s.
JESSE WHEELER maketh Oath and saith that he has been acquainted with RANSOM PETTIFORD for at least six or seven years that he is a young man of color and about five feet eight or nine inches high of a yellow complexion well formed strong and active. That he has been a number of years a citizen of this County and at all times has passed and been received and acknowledged as a free person ot color. And this affiant further states that he, is acquainted with EDWARD PETTIFORD and SALLY PETTI FORD the parents of the said RANSOME PETTIFORD and that they are citizens of this County and they have been received and admitted at all times among the free citizens as free persons of color and entitled to and enjoying all the rights and privileges and immunities of free persons of color according to the Law of North Carolina. (Signed) JESSE WHEELER. Sworn to in Open Court, -'NO. M. LOGAN C.G.C.
Tbe foregoing affidavits as to the freedom of RANSON PETTIFORD being made presented and read in Open Court on motion it is ordered by the Court that the same be sp-_ upon the Records and that the Clerk of the Court certify that the said affidavits and the proceedings in this case under his hand and seal of this Court and that the same be delivered to said RANSOME PETTIFORD as evidence of his freedom. [Transcribed from N.C. State Archives microfilm #C.046.3000'1]
-- submitted by Marguerite F. Huggins
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