Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11081601 Details

State:Mississippi
Location:Adams
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable, the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Mississippi Territory in General Assembly convened
Filing Date:1816-November-16

General Petition Information

Abstract:Adams County residents ask the legislature to pass acts of emancipation for the family of Ben Vousdan, who died in 1816 without providing for their freedom. The petitioners note that Ben Vousdan was a former slave, freed in 1802 by the will of his late owner, William Vousdan. Ben married a slave named Mary, whom he purchased from Stephen Minor, and the couple had five children: Louisa or Lucy, Rachel, Sandy, Mary Anne, and Benjamin. Ben and his wife lived "as free persons, separate and apart, to themselves," but when Ben died in 1816 his family remained legally in bondage. The petitioners argue that Ben intended to free them and was attempting to have a will drawn up to that effect when he died.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11081601

People Associated with Petition 11081601

Slaves:6
Free Persons of Color:1
Defendants:0
Petitioners:10
Other People:2

Citation Information

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

  • Territorial Legislature, Series 524
  • Record Group: 5
  • Box: 27

Processing Information

Record Created:2/28/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:9/6/2007 7:52:00 PM