Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11678301 Details

Salutation:To the Honorable the Speaker and Gentlemen of the house of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Filing Date:1783-December-5
Ending Date:1784-May-21

General Petition Information

Abstract:Ann Rose, the "bosom friend" of the late Walter Robertson, and Margaret Rose, her daughter by the said Walter, represent that they "were Slaves to the late Walter Robertson." They further report that "they petitioned the Court of Halifax, which said Court are of Opinion, that your Petitioners ought to be free, under a late Act of Assembly, as the said Court conceive it to be the desire of the said Walter, as declared by his said Will" and the said Court "did order that your Petitioners should become free persons." The petitioners admit, however, that "Doubts have arisen, with respect to the Legallity of the order of the said Court." They therefore pray "that your honourable House, will Enact a Law that shall secure to us our Freedom."
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Copy of Last Will and Testament, Walter Robertson, 1 December 1778; Statements, Christopher Neale, 1778, 1779; Statement, George Covington, August 1782; Deed of Manumission, Thomas Hope, 16 May 1783
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 11678301

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Document Number #57

Processing Information

Record Created:2/24/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:11/13/2008 7:12:00 PM