Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11683904 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Washington
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the General Assembly of Virginia
Filing Date:1839-January-10
Ending Date:1839-January-12

General Petition Information

Abstract:Emma represents that Stephen Zell emancipated her husband Burk in 1817 and that "soon thereafter your petitioner was purchased from the said Zell, by her said Husband." She further states that she and her husband "lived as free persons ... and were so living when the said Burk died in the year 1837." Emma notes that "at the time of his death your petitioner was no doubt the slave of the said Burk, and as such, constituted a part of his estate." Admitting that she "is far advanced in life, and who as a slave, would now be comparatively valueless," the petitioner is aware that "his little property under the laws of the Commonwealth, escheated to the Literary fund of the State." Emma therefore prays "that a law may be passed relinquishing in her favour the claim of the Commonwealth or of the literary fund of the state, to the estate of her said deceased husband."
Result:bill drawn
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11683904

People Associated with Petition 11683904

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

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Virginia Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:1/18/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:3/14/2009 6:21:00 PM