Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11681523 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honourable the Speaker & House of Delegates of the General Assembly of Virginia
Filing Date:1815-December-21

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1812, Frederick Harris, Esq. purchased a slave named Billey or Billey Eve from the estate of the late Robert Harris and set him up as "superintendent or overseer for a small farm." According to Frederick Harris, Robert Harris had intended to free Billey, but he had died suddenly and intestate. Billey was then allotted to Robert Harris's widow as part of her dower. While in the widow Harris's possession Billey collected some savings, which at the time of the widow's death amounted to $200. When Robert Harris's estate was auctioned off, after Mrs. Harris's death, Billey offered Frederick Harris his savings of $200 toward the price of his purchase and committed to pay $50 per year until the price was fully paid. This commitment he has now fulfilled and Frederick Harris seeks to free him and obtain permission for him to remain in Virginia.
Result:laid on the table
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:List of Subscribers, ca. 1815; Certificate, David Bullock, Richmond, 12 December 1815
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 11681523

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:11/4/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:2/24/2009 11:26:00 AM