Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11083007 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:We the Undersigned Petitioner, pray the Honble Legislature of the State of Mississippi
Filing Date:circa 1830
Ending Date:1830-December

General Petition Information

Abstract:Eleven Jefferson County residents ask for the emancipation of Elizabeth, a sixty- or seventy-year-old slave. Elizabeth's owner, Isaac Corey, said on his death bed that he wished her to be freed and that after his debts were paid the residue of his estate should be paid to her. The citizens seek to carry out Corey's final wish. "What language can speak," the petitioners explain, "or logic point out more Cogent reasons for the liberation of a human being born, by Nature to enjoy the Vital air as free as it blows, what bosom Can feel an unfriendly sentiment to the unchaining of but a morsel of an Old age in bondage—Nature in a few years more will Claim & take her Own."
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Affidavit of Francis Keenan and James Folkes, Orphans Court, Jefferson County, 19 November 1830; Bill to Emancipate a Certain Slave, 6 December 1830
Pages of Related Documents:4

People Associated with Petition 11083007

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

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 12:06:00 PM