Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11483703 Details

State:Tennessee
Location:Sullivan
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honorable the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee
Filing Date:1837-November-10

General Petition Information

Abstract:Rebecca, a free woman of color, represents that Joseph Wallace directed in his last will and testament that she "be emancipated after his decease"; Wallace died in February 1835. She acknowledges, however, the "operation of the late law by which emancipated slaves are compelled to leave the state in a given time." Rebecca admits that "she is now far advanced in life" and laments that "all her children with the exception of one were sold into other states shortly after her master's decease." Living "in the neighborhood of that remaining child and of her aged husband with whom she earnestly desires to pass the remnant of her days," the petitioner prays that a law be passed "permitting her, on sufficiently indemnifying the county, to remain in the State during her life."
Result:referred to Committee on Propositions and Grievances
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Certificate, John Miller, et al., ca. 1837
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 11483703

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

Citation Information

Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Legislative Petitions
  • Document Number 113-1837-1,2
  • Microfilm: Reel #14,

Processing Information

Record Created:1/28/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/21/2008 2:19:00 PM