Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11485508 Details

State:Tennessee
Location:Stewart
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee now in session at the City of Nashville
Filing Date:1855-December-13

General Petition Information

Abstract:Sixty-five-year-old Lizy joins her six grown children in requesting that the family be permitted to remain in Tennessee. They point out that they were formerly "the slaves of the late William Crouse," citing that "for many years prior to his death his mind was anxiously engaged upon the subject of emancipating your petitioners." The petitioners reveal, however, that they "fell into the hands of false and pretended friends," who kept them in bondage until they instituted a suit for their freedom in the chancery court in 1852; the court ruled in their favor and granted them freedom "upon the condition that they be sent out of the Country to the western coast of Affrica, as is provided by the act of the General Assembly of Tennessee passed 24 February 1854 during the pendency of their bill." Acknowledging the advanced age and infirmity of some of the family members, the petitioners pray that they be granted "the privilege of remaining citizens of Stewart County."
Result:referred to Judiciary Committee
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:List of Subscribers, ca. 1855; see PAR #11485504
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11485508

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:7
Defendants:0
Petitioners:7
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Legislative Petitions
  • Document Number 45-1855-2,1
  • Microfilm: Reel #20,

Processing Information

Record Created:11/20/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/4/2009 3:38:00 PM