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Untitled

This record is listed in the Iredell County Book of Deeds: Book U Page 74.

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Slave(s)
Eliza (age: 18), Nancy (age: 9 months)
Slaveholder(s)
A. Sharpe (Admr) of Amost Sharpe
Others
Alfred A. Sharpe

Untitled

This record is listed in the Iredell County Book of Deeds: Book R Page 234.

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Slave(s)
Lydia (age: 24), Julius (age: 3), Dovey (age: 1)
Slaveholder(s)
Mary Ramsey
Others
John M. Gray

Untitled

This record is listed in the Iredell County Book of Deeds: Book U Page 469.

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Slave(s)
Wesley (age: 17), Adeline (age: 15), Stephen (age: 60), Mary, Frank, Nance
Slaveholder(s)
Jeremiah Moore
Others
Alvin Howard

Untitled

This record is listed in the Iredell County Book of Deeds: Book X Page 396.

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Slave(s)
Eliza (age: 30), Washington (age: 11), 2 girl children
Slaveholder(s)
P. Houston
Others
John Dalton

Untitled

This record is listed in the Iredell County Book of Deeds: Book X Page 190.

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Slave(s)
Harriet (age: 38), Milus (age: 20), Cecilia (age: 16), Elvira (age: 14), Margaret (age: 8), Louisa (age: 6), Daniel (age: 3), Wilson (age: 16), Eliza (age: 10)
Slaveholder(s)
John H. McKee
Others
Joseph P. Caldwell

Petition 10379302

John and Sarah Brown, residents of Delaware, state that they "are intitled and hold in peaceable & Quiet possession a certain negro man slave named Job in the County of Caroline and State of Maryland." Citing the Delaware Act of Assembly that prohibits the removal of slaves "from the State of Maryland into the State of Delaware," the Browns ask that they be allowed to bring Job, "as their property and lawful Slave," into Delaware.

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Slave(s)
Job
Others
Sarah Brown, John Brown, John and Sarah Brown

Petition 10380102

Eighty citizens of Delaware "solicit your serious attention to the degraded vassallage in which many of the Black people and others of Colour are held in this State." They assert that they "approve the language held forth in the preamble to the Constitution of this State that declares That 'Through divine goodness all men have by nature the rights of enjoying and defending life and liberty.' " They therefore request that the legislature "will be pleased to pass such a law for the gradual abolition of Slavery, as you shall deem proper and expedient."

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Others
Washington Rice, William Brown, William Seal, John Elliot, George Peirce, Jacob Broom, George Clarke, Thomas Read, John Shipley, Stephen Hayes

Petition 10380103

Five citizens of Delaware "solicit your serious attention to the degraded vassallage in which many of the Black people, and others of colour, are held in this State." They assert that they "revere the language held forth in the preamble to the Constitution of this State that declares that 'Through divine goodness all men have by nature the Rights of enjoying and defending life & liberty.' " They therefore request that the legislature "will be pleased to pass such a law, for the gradual abolition of slavery as you shall deem proper and expedient."

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Others
James Wilson, Samuel Sparkman, Hezekiah Niles, John Vaughan, Joshua Seal

Petition 10381504

Jenifer Taylor of Caroline County, Maryland, states that he recently became "seized and possessed" of Robert, "a negro lad" about nineteen or twenty years old, who was previously part of the estate of Jenifer Taylor, "late of Kent County and State of Delaware." He therefore "prays that the Legislature would pass a law authorizing and impowering your petitioner to remove and carry hence his said Negro slave Robert allias Bob ... from the State of Delaware into the State of Maryland and their hold and retain his said slave in the same way and manner as he has a right to do in the State of Delaware."

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Slave(s)
Robert
Others
Jenifer Taylor, Jenifer Taylor

Petition 11086501

Residents of Claiborne County request relief from pre-Civil War contracts--deeds, mortgages, liens, bills of exchange, promissory notes, accounts--made predicated on slave labor. Some of these debts can never be paid, they assert, and it is not fair for the sheriff to seize cotton, land, and stock, when both the Confederate and Federal troops have confiscated private property. They ask that a "Court of Equity and Insolvency" be established to hear their cases since they are no longer able to pay debts "predicated on Slave labor."

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Others
C. B. Clarke, R. B. Scott, H. H. Owen, W. A. Greenlee, Edwin H. McCaleb, William E. Daniels, E. L. Clarke, Thomas T. Moor, William Owen, A. U. Scott

Petition 11279209

The sons of the late Thomas Nicholson ask that twenty-five-year-old Thamar, a slave in their father's estate, be emancipated. They aver that the elder Thomas had "Wished to Establish" her freedom but "there was then, & yet remains to be an act of the General Assembly prohibiting the emancipation of Slaves, except as therein excepted." Praying that Thamar be granted her freedom, the petitioners "have the greater confidence in by Saying that as a house maid to her former master's Family, and ever Since She hath been honest from pilfering & Stealing & hath ever manifested a peaceable and orderly Conduct and Generally Respected in her Station in the Neighbourhood where She dwells."

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Slave(s)
Thamar
Others
Christopher Nicholson, Thomas Nicholson, Nicholas Nicholson, Thomas Nicholson

Petition 11279302

William Brittain asks to emancipate "a Negro man Peter Cabin which has faithfully served me this Twenty years." Brittain states that Cabin "is Now Desirous of having his freedom which I am willing to Grant for the sum of Forty pounds Current Money, which sum the sd Peter Cabin has Punctually Paid me." He therefore prays that the legislature "will Confirm the same by an Act of assembly for that purpose." Fifty-seven "Neighbours & Acquaintances" verify Brittain's statements, adding that Cabin is "an industrious frugal man and has Conducted himself orderly & honestly."

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Slave(s)
Peter Cabin
Others
William Brittain

Petition 11279308

John Hall represents that he "is possessed in his own right of a certain female slave of mixed Blood about the age of five years called Judith." He further explains that said child "is the Offspring of a Gentleman who is lately deceased to which Gentleman on his Death bed, your petioner entered into a solemn promise" that he "would endeavour to procure the manumition and freedom of the said female slave." Hall, in pursuance of his "sacred promise," prays "that by an Act of this General Assembly the said female slave may be emancipated & set free by the name of Judith Phillips."

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Slave(s)
Judith
Others
John Hall

Petition 11280303

Six residents of Guilford and Stokes counties "earnestly pray your honourable Body to take ... under Consideration" the emancipation of two slaves, whom they describe as "Sober, quiet orderly and industrious." They explain that James Love Sr. "was desirous that after his death" that Aaron and Magg be liberated as they had "particularly distinguished themselves by their Sympathetic kindness and gentle treatment in his last long and afflicting illness." Noting that Aaron and Magg were "good Obedient Slaves towards a generous, aged, debilitated and dying Master," the petitioners pray that "if it should appear to your Wisdom expedient to carry the intention of the said James Love into effect, that you would liberate the Said Aaron by the name of Aaron Moses and Magg by that of Mary Magdalene."

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Slave(s)
Aaron, Magg
Others
George McHenry, Reuben McDaniel, Travis Jones, William Jean, James Campbell, Seth Coffin, James Love, James Love

Petition 11281202

Rhoda Wynns states that she was left "in affluent circumstances, possessed of Lands, Houses, Negroes, and Stock" upon the death of her husband eight years ago. She laments, however, that four years ago she married a certain Benjamin Wynns, whose "deceptive tongue induced your petitioner to believe she had married a Gentleman and a man of fortune." Rhoda reveals that her husband has beaten her so much that she "was obliged to bind him to the peace to protect my life from his cruel hands." Noting that said Benjamin has disposed of or sold her property and has "returned to the County from whence he came," Rhoda prays that she be granted "such relief in the premises as will enable her to possess quietly such property as she may obtain by donation, industry, or otherwise." Affidavits disclose that Rhoda took refuge "at a Negro man's house by the name of Dick" when she fled from her husband's assaults.

Individuals Mentioned By Name

FPoC(s)
Dick
Others
Rhoda Wynns

Petition 11281607

Mussendine Matthews, executor of the will of Mary Knox, puts forth that "the said Mary Knox in her last will instructed and especially requested her executors to use all lawful endeavours to have a slave woman belonging to her named Sall liberated." Matthews further discloses that "said Slave is now living and has for many years by permission of her deceased Mistress lived with a free man of colour as his wife in the County of Rowan." The petitioner therefore prays that "your honourable body would take the case into consideration and liberate the said Sall by the name of Sarah Ford."

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Slave(s)
Sall Ford
Others
Mussendine Matthews, Mary Knox

Petition 11281704

Seventy-nine-year-old Peter Mock seeks "to revive [his] drooping spirit" by manumitting his slave Weiney and her daughter Jean Ridgeway. Mock maintains that he purchased Weiney about 1794 and that she and her daughter have both "served me ever since with as much care & Industry as ever Slaves did." Feeling "it would be vary ungratefull of me to lieve them as bound Slaves," the petitioner therefore prays that an act be passed "for the freedom of sd Weiney & her daughter Jean Ridgeway: and that they be allowed to receive "part of my personal & real Estate left to them in my last Will & testament for there support."

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Slave(s)
Weiney, Jean Ridgeway
Others
Peter Mock

Petition 11281804

Thirty-two citizens of Nash County find the "progress of vice and immorality, the daring thefts and Roberies daily commited, the increasing insolence of the slaves; the growing numbers and influence of free negroes and molatoes" quite alarming. They therefore "most earnestly pray that your honorable body would take the premises into consideration and so amend the present patroling laws." They "do farther pray that a law may pass forbiding female free negroes or molatoes from intermarrying with Slaves (either with or without the consent of the owner of such Slave or Slaves)" unless the said owner/s "give bonds with sufficient security to keep their progeny free of the parish."

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Others
John H. Drake, William Bellamy, Wilson Collins, John Bisset, John Barnes, James Hilliard, William Drake, John Rose, Robert Eatman, James Drake

Petition 11282405

Richard Mendenhall, president of the Manumission Society of North Carolina, decries the extreme injustice in forcing "men into perpetual servitude" and consigning "their posterity to unconditional & unlimited Slavery,” citing that the principle "of humanity, of Christianity, and all the tender ties of human Nature recoil at such a state of degradation." Mendenhall represents that "this state holds upwards of two hundred thousand Slaves" or "near one third of its population" in "the most abject state of Slavery." He therefore suggests "the propriety of softening" the hardship "of Slavery in our State, with a view to its final extinction." In particular, the petitioner asks "why cannot we fix a time, (it has been done in other States) when there shall be no more slaves born among us." He also reports that "it is ascertained that the Government of Hayti has offered to receive as many of our black population as we are willing to send."

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Others
Richard Mendenhall

Petition 11282721

Nancy Donnell, widow of the late William Donnell, represents that "it is her ardent wish & desire to carry out the will of her deceased Husband" to emancipate seven slaves. Fearing that said emancipation "would not be done after" her death, Donnell discloses that she "Executed to the aforesaid slaves a Deed of emancipation & have had the same duly recorded & attested, with the intention of liberating & sending them away in the life time of your petioner." The petitioner suggests, however, that "a few distant relations, whose covetous & nigardly disposition suffer them, to oppose the object & wish of your petioner in disposing of her own property." Donnell therefore prays that a law be passed "confirming & validating the Acts of the Testator William Donnell & your petioner, as it regards the emancipation of the aforesaid slaves & Authorise your petioner to send them away from this state." The petitioner pledges to "enter into Bond & give Security for any reasonable Sum, that she will remove Said Negroes from this state at any time your body may direct." She further admits that she "cannot die in peace & composedly untill their Freedom is affected."

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Slave(s)
Biddy, Zaza, Calvin, Lee, Rittey, Lidia, Levinia
Others
Nancy Donnell, William Donnell, Nancy Donnell

Petition 11283306

One-hundred-fifty-three residents of Williamston ask that the petition of Ned Hyman "for an act of manumission ... be passed by your Honorable Body in his favor and for his benefit." They further state, "that altho they know of no extraordinary meritorious services performed by Ned in saving the life of his owners in imminent peril," they "believe from what they know of Ned that no slave or free man would scarcely go further to deserve the good opinion of the public in any act that he could do than your petitioner Ned." They strongly insist that "Ned has been, and still is, a very uncommon and extraordinary Negro," in addition to being "remarkably industrious, frugal and prudent."

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Slave(s)
Ned
Others
James S. Bryan, John Hyman, Bryant Bennett, Hardy Latham, John Bryan, Gavin Lanier, Lewis A. Powell, Alfred Martin, Thomas Biggs, Robert Armistead

Petition 11284203

William King, Annis King, and Matthew Brandon, heirs of the late Mary Haggins, seek the emancipation of a slave named Sam in accordance with Haggins's last will and testament. Citing that "said Boy Sam was a faithful and obedient Servant to the said Mary Haggins," they believe that "her will in this respect should be complied with." They therefore pray "your Honl Body to pass a Bill emancipating said Negro Boy Sam."

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Slave(s)
Sam
Others
William King, Annis King, Mathew Brandon, Mary Haggins, Mary Haggins

Petition 11285002

David Kendall seeks to free his sixty-year-old slave Daniel, who has "bin a faith ful slave and has performed wonderfully his [duties]." Kendall reports that Daniel's father, an old "Colerd man who was liberated about 40 years agoe by the general Assembly" and is called Daniel Shad, "ever supported a good honest character." He also represents that "Daniel the servant to whom I now [petition] your honerable boddy to grant manumition is a slave of good moral and [honest] character."

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Slave(s)
Daniel
FPoC(s)
Daniel Shad
Others
David Kendall

Petition 11285201

Five residents of Wayne County join Hilary Croom, "who was born of a woman of respectable parentage though his father was reputed to have been a slave of Colour," in requesting that Croom's three children "be free at their arriving to the age of twenty one years" and that they all be allowed to remain in the state. The white petitioners boast that Croom, alias Coor, "is one of the best blacksmiths we have" and that he "sustains a fair industrious character." They further report that he was previously expelled from the state of Alabama and that now he faces yet another law requiring him to emigrate from his home state or pay a heavy fine. The petitioners therefore pray that "Hilary Croom be suffered to remain with us."

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Slave(s)
Ann, Charles, Temperance
FPoC(s)
Hilary Croom
Others
L. Cogdell, William Smith, W. C. Bryan, Benjamin Herring, William Thompson, Graddy Henry

Petition 11285402

Seventeen women ask that Malinda Carmon's slave Betty, "aged about Sixty years or upwards," be emancipated. They represent that "said slave has from her childhood been in the family of Mrs Carmon, and has been of good character, faithful, obedient, and submissive & she has rendered meritorious and praiseworthy service." Noting that Betty "is the mother of Seventeen children," the petitioners pray "that your Hon body will pass an act emancipating said Betty."

Individuals Mentioned By Name

Slave(s)
Betty
Others
Caroline M. Winslow, Frances E. Huske, Ann Warden, Amanda M. Winslow, Malinda Carmon, Isabella MacLaurin, Caroline MacLaurin, Elizabeth H. MacLaurin, Betty E. MacLaurin, Ann P. Huske

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