Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11681904 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Speaker of the House of Delegates of Virginia and the members of that body
Filing Date:1819-December-20
Ending Date:1820-January-3

General Petition Information

Abstract:About 1801, free-born black Charles Cousins, a "professor of religion," shoemaker, and plantation manager, "took to himself" a slave wife, Aggy, who in 1810 was put up for sale as part of an estate. Cousins arranged for Thomas Howlett, a white man, to purchase Aggy, and about 1812, he repaid Howlett the full purchase price, receiving a "release or bill of sale" and full title of ownership. At age about sixty, Cousins worries that if he were to die before his wife she would not retain her freedom, nor can he now emancipate her and have her remain in the state more than one year. He asks permission to emancipate his wife and for her to remain in Virginia.
Result:bill drawn
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Certificate, James Dupuy, 28 October 1819; Copy of Bill of Sale, Joseph Brown to Thomas Howlett, [1810]; Certificate, Benjamin Ward, 31 October 1819; Certificate, Mary Dupuy, ca. 1819; Certificate, Daniel Verser[?], 1 November 1819; Certificate, George Jones, Samuel Dunnevent, 1 November 1819; Certificates, Susanah Moore, Susan Bland, Susan Cook, Mary Jennings, Prudence Cook, Frances Farley, Jane White, ca. 1819
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 11681904

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:11/15/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:3/18/2009 8:53:00 AM