Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11684607 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Spotsylvania
Location Type:County
Salutation:[To the Virginia General Assembly]
Filing Date:1846-February-4

General Petition Information

Abstract:Ely Ball and Henry Satterwhite, trustees of Nancy Horner, represent "that a slave named Dennis a portion of the trust property ... absconded and passed himself as a free man." They further report that "while passing in that character he committed a felony punishable on a slave by stripes, on a free man by confinement in the Penitentiary." The petitioners aver that they did not "he was arrested & tried & convicted as a freeman and sentenced to the penitentiary where he now is." Noting that he is "now lost to owner," the petitioners ask to be "relieved by the passage of a Law to restore him to his owners and they respectfully pray the passage of such a Law." Dennis, "by the name of William Mayo," was convicted "of having carried or caused to be carried from the town of Fredericksburg beyond the commonwealth, three slaves."
Result:referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Copy of Opinion of the General Court, Ball and Saterwhite v. Commonwealth, 15 December 1845
Pages of Related Documents:12

People Associated with Petition 11684607

Slaves:4
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:2
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

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Processing Information

Record Created:2/27/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:2/15/2009 5:51:00 PM