Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11083005 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Mississippi in General Assembly convened
Filing Date:circa 1830
Ending Date:1830-November-23

General Petition Information

Abstract:Working and saving for many years, free man of color Jeremiah Gill purchased his wife, Amy, and daughter, Betsey, from one Caleb Reed. Now being "advanced in years," Jeremiah Gill asks the legislature for an act of emancipation for his family. He feared that if he were to die his wife and daughter might "through the tyranick grasp and relentless cupidity of some unfeeling wretch, be deprived of that portion of liberty, which the sweat of your petitioner's humble brow has purchased for them." In a related petition, filed the same year, one Theodore Richey presented Amy, whom he calls Ama, for emancipation, claiming her as his property. In this petition, Jeremiah Gill's prayer is granted; Amy and Betsey are set free and are given the last name of Gill. At the same time, the legislature also grants freedom to another slave named Rachel, whose emancipation was sought by one Lewis L. Glover.
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:A Bill to Emancipate Certain Slaves, 13 November 1830; Act of Emancipation, 23 November 1830; also see PARs #11083001, #11083002
Pages of Related Documents:6

People Associated with Petition 11083005

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:2

Citation Information

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

  • Legislative Papers, Petitions and Memorials 1830
  • Record Group: 47
  • Volume: 19

Processing Information

Record Created:2/28/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:10/30/2007 11:20:00 AM