Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11085915 Details

State:Mississippi
Location:Holmes
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Legislature of the above State
Filing Date:circa 1859

General Petition Information

Abstract:Wilson Melton and John Sproles ask that Wesley Moore, "a free man of Yellow Complexion," be exempted from the bill designed to drive free people of color from the state. Moore has lived in Mississippi since 1834, is married to a slave owned by one of the petitioners, and has several children owned by the petitioner. Moore is about forty-six years old. If such exemption cannot be granted, then Moore wishes to enter slavery to be with his family. The petitioners explain that, in anticipation of such eventuality, they will compensate him in the sum of $500, which should be used to pay off his debts, with the residue set aside for his benefit.
Result:referred to committee
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11085915

People Associated with Petition 11085915

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

Citation Information

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

  • Legislative Papers, Petitions and Memorials
  • Record Group: 47
  • Volume: 28

Processing Information

Record Created:3/1/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:11/29/2007 11:37:00 AM