Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11585302 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Legislature of the State of Texas
Filing Date:1853-December-19

General Petition Information

Abstract:Eighty-seven residents of Dallas County ask that Lewis Edmondson, a free man of color, be permitted to remain in Texas. While the slave of Peter Singleton of Tennessee, Edmondson married a slave belonging to William Edmondson; in his will, Singleton emancipated Lewis Edmondson and appointed William Edmondson to be Lewis's guardian. They further report that Edmondson moved to Texas about 1849, bringing with him Lewis and Lewis's family. The petitioners assert that Lewis "is well Known & respected as an honest industrious and a useful man in the Community." In "consideration of the Sacred obligations of honorable pretention to the marriage right, the endearment of wife and children, the hapiness of a human being, the peace of Society, the Security and comfort of the owner of his wife," the petitioners pray that an act be passed "for the relief of said Lewis and permit him to be and remain a Citizen of the State of Texas."
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:J. M. Crockett to Gentlemen, 13 December 1853; Report of Committee on State Affairs, 30 December 1853; Certificate, R. Estes, et al., 5 May 1851
Pages of Related Documents:7

People Associated with Petition 11585302

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Texas State Library-Archives Division, Austin, Texas

  • Records of the Legislature, Memorials and Petitions
  • Record Group: 100
  • Box: 393

Processing Information

Record Created:1/26/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/15/2007 11:37:00 AM