Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21682814 Details

Location:Prince Edward
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Worshipful, the Justices of the County Court of Prince Edward in chancery setting (, )
Filing Date:circa 1828-February-18
Ending Date:1841-June

General Petition Information

Abstract:The will of the late Richard Randolph manumitted his slave, John Brown, and devised to him a fifty-acre tract of land. Brown complains that Hampton Giles, another of Randolph's freed slaves, took possession of his land and refuses to surrender the property. He asserts that Giles is "determined to destroy as much of the said land as possible" and has been "committing great waste and destruction on the said land, by cutting down and carrying therefrom almost all of the valuable timber both for building and fencing." Brown asks the court to restrain Giles "from committing farther waste or injury to the said lands" until the determination of Brown's suit. The petition and Giles's answer both reveal that Randolph liberated a "large number" of slaves and divided a "considerable quantity of lands" among them.
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Court Record, 18 January 1830--June 1841; Answer, Hampton Giles, 17 January 1832
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 21682814

Free Persons of Color:4
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • County Court Papers
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  • Box: 38
  • Folder: 1841
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Processing Information

Record Created:8/10/1999
Record Final Edited:5/29/2001
Record Last Updated on:5/15/2008 6:42:00 PM