Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11680907 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honorable the General Assembly of Virginia
Filing Date:1809-December-6

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1790, John Abston's uncle, Stephen Clements, died in Wilkes County, Georgia, leaving him a slave named Nutty and half her increase, an inheritance to which he would become entitled following the death of his aunt. In 1805, the aunt died and that summer Abston went to Georgia to claim his inheritance, but he found the slave Nutty in an advanced state of pregnancy and decided he could not move her. He returned to Virginia with Nutty's oldest boy, leaving the mother and two younger children behind, and intending to return for them in the fall or summer. But in 1806, Virginia passed a law prohibiting the importation of slaves into the state, thus subjecting Abston to "Hardships & Difficulties." He represents that he is a native of Virginia, that he has "ever continued to reside therein and with a numerous Family has always intended to continue a Citizen of the State." He further represents that his uncle "selected him as an object of his Bounty," but that having "only a residuary Interest" he could not exercise his right until his aunt's death and therefore could not get his slaves before the passage of the law. Abston writes that he remains "attached particularly to the whole of the Slaves," who were born & raised in his uncle's family, and "values greatly the mother's fidelity, honesty, and integrity." He is unwilling to part with them and therefore asks permission to bring to Virginia Nutty and the younger children as well as any other child of whom she may have been delivered.
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:List of Subscribers, 14 November 1809
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11680907

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

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Processing Information

Record Created:3/12/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/15/2008 4:38:00 PM