Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11383601 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Honble the President & Senators of the Genl assembly of the State of South Carolina
Filing Date:1836-November

General Petition Information

Abstract:Martha Benbow, the widow and executrix of Col. Evan Benbow, seeks to emancipate a thirty-five-year-old enslaved woman named Duley and her seven-year-old son, Rufus. The petitioner avows that Duley is of "unexceptionable moral character" and is able to obtain a livelihood in "an honest & virtuous manner." Benbow therefore prays "that you will permit her to emancipate them." The decedent directed that "if either of them through misfortune become unable to support themselves that they shall be supported themselves out of my estate."
Result:referred to Judiciary Committee
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Copy of the Last Will and Testament of Evan Benbow, 21 June 1834; Copy of the Instructions of Evan Benbow, 21 June 1834; see PAR #11383602; Sponsor, Thomas Dugan Jr., Senate, Claremont District (1830-1838)
Pages of Related Documents:6

People Associated with Petition 11383601

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

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

  • Records of the General Assembly
  • Document Number 1836 #36
  • Page: frames 665-672
  • Microfilm: Reel #1, frames 665-672

Processing Information

Record Created:3/1/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:11/15/2008 12:16:00 PM