Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11378901 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable Daniel Desaussure Esquire President and to the rest of the Honorable the Members of the Senate of the State of South Carolina (DESAUSSURE, Daniel)
Filing Date:circa 1789

General Petition Information

Abstract:Charleston residents Ruth and Barbara Cole, mother and daughter, seek an inheritance from the estate of Susanna Raper, "a free Mullatto Woman lately died and very Suddenly and Intestate." Explaining that Raper died possessed of one slave and "other small personal property," the Coles state that Raper had "no issue of her own and not being a person to whom any other Person coud Inherit as next of kin her Estate and Effects are by operation of Law become Escheated and Vested in the State." The petitioners declare that they cared for Raper, who was subject to "many attacks of a Violent Complaint," during her last illness and that Raper "had fixed intentions of giving to the Petitioners ... all she possessed as a Small return for their long and unremitted Services." They therefore pray that an act be passed "Granting to and Vesting in your Petitioners ... all the residue of the Estate and Effects that were of the said Susanna Raper after payment of her Just debts and funeral expenses." Susanna Raper was the widow of William Raper, a bricklayer of Charleston, and the brother of petitioner Ruth Cole.
Result:referred to committee
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Affidavits of Mary Kelsey, Eleonora Latham, 16 October 1788; see PARs #11378801, #11378902
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 11378901

Free Persons of Color:4
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina

  • Records of the General Assembly
  • Document Number 1789 #78
  • Page: frames 233-37
  • Microfilm: Reel #1, frames 233-37

Processing Information

Record Created:8/31/1993
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/21/2008 3:00:00 PM