Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11285606 Details

State:North Carolina
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the General Assembly of North Carolina
Filing Date:circa 1856

General Petition Information

Abstract:Twenty-eight residents of Wayne County join the two owners of Sam and Sookey, "two aged persons of color," in requesting that the said slaves be freed. They aver that the enslaved couple "paid full prices for their freedom and by an honest, humble, sober, peaceable inoffensive and correct deportment through a long life gained the respect and confidence of those among whom they have lived." The petitioners avow that they "are now far advanced in life, Sam being above seventy years old and Sookey about sixty-eight" and that they are thus "too old to attempt to emigrate to a free country." They further note that Sam and Sookey "desire to spend the short remnant of their days in the County of their nativity, the home of their affection and the land of their birth."
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Affidavit of Thomas Kennedy, ca. 1856
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 11285606

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina

  • General Assembly, Session Records

Processing Information

Record Created:3/1/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:10/28/2008 1:03:00 PM