Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11682203 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Rockbridge
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honourable the speaker of the house of Delegates of the General Assembly of Virginia (BOWYER, John)
Filing Date:1822-December-17
Ending Date:1822-December-28

General Petition Information

Abstract:Forty-five-year-old Watt Smiley, "a free negro of the County of Rockbridge," represents that "he was emancipated by Charles P Dorman of said County by deed bearing date the 18th of November 1818." In compliance with the law, Smiley states that "he has been in the state of Ohio but having left a family of young children in said county ... by a wife who was free born & therefore not subject to the operation of the law," he is anxious "to return to his children who he has it not in his power to remove." The petitioner therefore prays "that an act may pass permitting him to spend the remnant of his days in the Commonwealth without being subject to the penalties of the laws" that require he "be apprehended & sold out by the overseers of the poor of this County."
Result:bill drawn
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Watt Smiley to John Bowyer, 11 December 1822; Deed of Emancipation, Charles P. Dorman to Watt, alias Watt Smiley, 18 November 1818; Certificate, John F. Caruthers, et al., 11 December 1822
Pages of Related Documents:5

People Associated with Petition 11682203

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

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

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Processing Information

Record Created:11/17/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:4/27/2009 8:05:00 PM