Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11679301 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honourable the Speaker and House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Filing Date:1793-October-29

General Petition Information

Abstract:Alexander White, the executor of the will of Robert Wilson, states that his testator bequeathed "a Negroe Man Slave called Ben" to his grandson, Robert Wilson; the will stipulated that "if the said Robert Wilson son of James shall die before he attains the age of twenty one Years that my Executors do use their best endeavours ... and set at Liberty the said Slave Ben." White notes that "the said Robert Wilson the Grandson of the Testator was killed by the Indians" in 1791, Wilson "being then in the nineteenth year of his age." The petitioner therefore prays "that an act may pass to authorize him to emancipate and set at Liberty the said negroe man Ben agreeably to the benevolent intentions of his Testator."
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Copy of Last Will and Testament of Robert Wilson, November 1777
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 11679301

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:10/31/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:11/22/2008 2:12:00 PM