Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11684815 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the General assembly of Virginia
Filing Date:1848-January-14

General Petition Information

Abstract:Residents of Clarksville ask that John and Lewis Wimbish be permitted to operate a ferry across the Roanoke River. Currently, the only ferry is operated by James Somerville, who charges them the full sixteen cents permitted by law. They pay the same when they have business across the river at the court house. Moreover, Somerville "keeps no white persons at his ferry" and his slaves "are disorderly drunken and unaccomodating." The landing is a "rallying point for drinking & Gambling on the Sabbath day and of nights when large numbers of slaves from the surrounding Country Congregate and Carry on a Contraband trade." The petitioners believe that fifteen hundred dollars a year would be adequate to pay to the overseers of the two ferries.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:See PAR #11684804
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11684815

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:6/22/1996
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:3/23/2009 9:42:00 AM