Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11684704 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Halifax
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Senate & House of Delegates of Virginia
Filing Date:1847-December-20

General Petition Information

Abstract:Sarah Farmer, the widow of Pleasant Farmer, asks to transport a group of slaves out of the state. When her husband died, she explains, she was left with eight small children, seven slaves, and a tract to land. She now asks to sell the land, and take the slaves "and their increase" to Louisiana, where she has relatives who are "able and willing to afford her any assistance that her circumstances may require." The 1839 last will and testament of the late Pleasant Farmer reveals that he had several other children, supposedly from a previous marriage, to whom he did not leave anything in his will, arguing that he already had given them their share of the inheritance. Another related document reveals that the will was contested by the husband of one of the daughters from the first marriage, but that it was ruled to be valid.
Result:referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Copy of Last Will and Testament of Pleasant Farmer, 7 January 1839
Pages of Related Documents:4

People Associated with Petition 11684704

Slaves:16
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:1
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:2/6/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:3/20/2009 1:33:00 PM