Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11680923 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honorable the Speaker and members of both houses of the general assembly of Virginia
Filing Date:1809-December-16

General Petition Information

Abstract:Amelia County residents seek to emancipate the family of Frank Gowen, an industrious free black man who purchased his wife and children, with whom he then lived "in peace and quietude." Gowen has recently died and although "no individual claim whatever has been or can be made to his family— Patience and the children Philemon, Elizabeth and Henry—the four slaves are nevertheless liable to be sold by the Overseers of the Poor. Patience and the children are honest, peaceful, and respectable, and deserve special consideration, the petitioners assure the legislative body.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Bill of Sale, David Jones to James Gowen, 10 December 1808; Register of Emancipation, Frank Gowen, 26 September 1805
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 11680923

Free Persons of Color:2
Other People:2

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:12/22/2008 1:07:00 PM