Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11683416 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Culpeper
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Senate & House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia in General Assembly
Filing Date:1834-December-19

General Petition Information

Abstract:One hundred thirty-nine citizens of Culpeper County inform the court that one Jacob Waynesburg, in the year prior to the filing of their petition, forged freedom papers for two or more slaves, affixing to them the county seal for authenticity. Two of the slaves then committed felonies and made their escape. George W. Jameson, a magistrate, pursued Waynesburg into Maryland, captured him, and brought him back for trial. Jameson incurred substantial expenses. A group of citizens seeks to compensate him for his efforts. A related document reveals that one of the slaves, Oscar Smith, was apprehended in the state of New Jersey, and that the freedom papers he was carrying were determined to be in Waynesburg's handwriting.
Result:bill drawn
# of Petition Pages:7
Related Documents:Statement, R. H. Field, 2 January 1835; John Shackelford to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, 12 December 1834
Pages of Related Documents:5

People Associated with Petition 11683416

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:10
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:1/12/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:3/27/2009 10:47:00 AM