Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21679103 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Norfolk
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the worshipful the Justices of Norfolk County seting in Chancery
Filing Date:1791-February
Ending Date:1799-July

General Petition Information

Abstract:About 1758, Thomas Wythe "bequeathed to his wife Frances the property of one half of his Slaves with the use of the other half during her Life; & to his neice ... the sd. other half of his Slaves after the death of his Wife." George Wythe, the petitioner and Thomas's brother, points out that he "purchased of his Brothers widow all her right to the said Slaves" and that the niece married Thomas Claiborne. He further notes that "by desire of his mother, without receiving any consideration, delivered up to the sd. T Claiborne so many of the sd Slaves with thier increase as were agreed to be equal in value to one half of the whole number." George admits that Thomas gave him a receipt for the ten slaves, "which receipt was not recorded & having been mislaid cannot be found." Anticipating that there may be disputes among the representatives of Thomas Wythe, the representatives of the Claibornes, and himself and his representatives, George Wythe asks that the parties involved be summoned "to appear & answer the premises & to abide the order of the Court therein."
Result:dismissed
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Court Record, November 1790--July 1799
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 21679103

Slaves:12
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:6
Petitioners:1
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • County Court Papers
  • Box: 9
  • Folder: February 1791

Processing Information

Record Created:4/17/1999
Record Final Edited:11/14/2002
Record Last Updated on:8/29/2007 7:24:00 PM