Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11678506 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Williamsburg
Location Type:City
Salutation:To the Honorable the Speaker and Members of the House of Delegates
Filing Date:1785-November-22

General Petition Information

Abstract:Abraham Peyton Skipwith petitions for his freedom. Skipwith asserts that Thomas Bentley, his late owner, expressed "a uniform intention to grant your petitioner his freedom, and in his last illness frequently declared the same intention." He further avers that he "obtained the confidence and regard of his said master insomuch that he was rather regarded as a Clerk and assistant than in the unfortunate character of a slave." The petitioner therefore prays that "an act may pass for granting to your petitioner the blessing of freedom."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Deed of Emancipation, Thomas Bentley, 27 July 1782; Certificate, John Stewart, 25 June 1785; Eliza I. Brent to Abraham Peyton Skipwith, 13 November 1785; Bill of Sale, Jaquelin Ambler to Thomas Bentley, 4 February 1782; Thomas Walker to Abraham Peyton Skipwith, 15 May 1785
Pages of Related Documents:11

People Associated with Petition 11678506

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:1
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:11/3/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:5/20/2009 12:06:00 PM