Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11680809 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Dinwiddie
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honorable Speaker and members of the house of Delegates
Filing Date:1808-December-12

General Petition Information

Abstract:In his will Samuel Major's father loaned a slave named Nancy to his daughter, Nancy Major. According to the will, Nancy Major would have the use of the slave during her "natural life" and at her death the slave would go to her children or, should she die without issue, to her siblings. In due time, Nancy Major married a man named John Cabe who soon thereafter moved with his wife to North Carolina, taking with him the slave Nancy "as by law he had a right to do." Nancy Major Cabe has now died childless and the slave Nancy and her children have been divided among her siblings, including her brother Samuel, the petitioner in this case. Samuel is desirous to bring his share of his sister's inheritance to Virginia but is unable to do so because of the law prohibiting the importation of slaves into the state. Samuel Major therefore asks the legislature to consider his case and to allow him to bring his slaves into "his native place of residence."
Result:referred to slave bill committee
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11680809

People Associated with Petition 11680809

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:1
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

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Processing Information

Record Created:2/24/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/15/2008 1:21:00 PM