Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11000022 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honourable Senate & House of Representatives of the State of Mississippi in essembly [sic] convened
Filing Date:Date Not Specified

General Petition Information

Abstract:Three hundred and thirty-six citizens of Warren County write on behalf of William and his wife, who were "faithful and favorite family servants" in the white Newman family. After the death of the last descendant of the family, the couple was purchased by their present owner for the purpose of emancipating them. They have lived for many years "in a manner free," the petitioners explain. Their intercourse and dealings were "entirely with white people," and they "carefully avoided commingling with or having transactions with Slaves." During three epidemics in Vicksburg, William Newman "faithfully and carefully" distributed supplies to the "suffering and afflicted." The petitioners ask the legislature to emancipate the couple. They "are deserving of it and entitled to it."
Result:committee report unfavorable
# of Petition Pages:7
Related Documents:Report of Select Committee, n.d.
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 11000022

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, Mississippi

  • Legislative Papers, Petitions and Memorials 1817-1839, undated
  • Record Group: 47
  • Volume: 28

Processing Information

Record Created:4/23/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:8/30/2007 7:33:00 PM