Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11680505 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Middlesex
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honle The Speaker of the house of Delegates for the State of Virga
Filing Date:1805-December-11

General Petition Information

Abstract:On 29 April 1803, William Steptoe died, leaving a tract of land in Westmoreland County, personal property, and "Negroes." To pay the estate's debts it was necessary to sell the personal property and the slaves; but the land is still in the estate. His widow, Elizabeth Steptoe, is entitled to a portion of the land as her widow's dower and the rest is to be divided in "fee simple" among her eight children, only one of whom, her co-petitioner, Thomas Steptoe, is an adult. Elizabeth Steptoe and her son Thomas represent to the legislature that they have no means to work the land and its division "into so many parts" would be "of little or no value" to any of the heirs. They therefore ask permission to sell the land and invest the proceeds in some fund for the heir's future.
Result:rejected
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11680505

People Associated with Petition 11680505

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:2
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:3/11/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/11/2008 11:33:00 AM