Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11680905 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:The Petition of George Simmons to the General Assembly of Virginia
Filing Date:1809-December-15

General Petition Information

Abstract:About 1798 or 1799, Travers Daniel Sr. of Stafford County advanced the money to a man named William Simmons for the purchase of a young slave named George Simmons from his then owner, Enoch Mason. The express purpose of the transaction was for young George's future emancipation when he reached the legal age of twenty-one. It was agreed that George would work for Daniel to reimburse him for the price of his purchase. In 1806, William Simmons died, leaving a will specifically stating that he wished his son emancipated and bequeathing to him all that he owned. However, the will was never properly signed by the testator and was never probated. George Simmons fears that, in the absence of a properly probated will, he will be robbed of his freedom by "some person or persons pretending to be the heirs of his father." He contends that Daniel is fully satisfied that he has been reimbursed for the money advanced to William Simmons and that nobody else has a claim on him. He therefore prays that "his right to liberty may be declared by law that he may not be deprived of that right which constitutes the greatest blessing and that the wishes of his father may not be defeated." Furthermore, he asks an exemption from the law requiring freed slaves to leave the state and to be allowed to remain in "his native state."
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Affidavit of Tavers Daniel Jr., 16 December 1809; Affidavit of Enoch Mason, 14 November 1809; Affidavit of William Primm, 5 December 1809; Last Will and Testament of William Simmons, 30 January 1807; J. T. Ford to Travers Daniel Sr., 4 December 1809; Affidavit of Enoch Mason, 22 February 1807
Pages of Related Documents:11

People Associated with Petition 11680905

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

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Processing Information

Record Created:3/31/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/15/2008 3:54:00 PM