Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11681117 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Berkeley
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honble the General Assembly of Virginia
Filing Date:1811-December-9

General Petition Information

Abstract:Jerry, a forty-five-year-old "waggnoner," and his wife Susannah were emancipated by the will of their recently deceased owner, John B. Craighill. They petition the legislature to be allowed to remain in the state of Virginia where Jerry was born and where their family live. They inform the court that he and Susannah have four slave children who are part of Craighill's estate and are about to be sold. Furthermore, Jerry's mother who, although a slave has been allowed to live with Jerry and Susannah, is "so old & infirm that she could not be removed to any considerable distance." Jerry prays that a law may be passed authorizing him and Susannah to remain "within the state without incurring the penalties of the act to amend the several laws concerning slaves."
Result:rejected
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Certificate, Alexander Cooper, Philip Nadenbousch, George Wolff, et al., 18 October 1818; Copy of Last Will and Testament of John B. Craghill, 15 August 1811; Certificate, Theodore Meminger, 21 October 1811; Clipping, Williamsburg GAZETTE, 11 October 1811
Pages of Related Documents:9

People Associated with Petition 11681117

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

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:10/7/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/23/2009 10:58:00 AM