Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20781601 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable judge of the Jefferson Circuit Court in chancery sitting (, )
Filing Date:1816-May-1
Ending Date:1819-February-10

General Petition Information

Abstract:William Cole claims that he has never been a slave of any person, but that recently threats have been made against him and he is apprehensive that "his liberty may be called in question." Cole, whose mother Fanny was once a slave of John Clarke, asserts that his father, Charles Cole, purchased Fanny from Clarke for "a good and valuable consideration" prior to William's birth. Fanny Cole was then emancipated. William Cole asks the court to take the deposition of Elizabeth Busey, an elderly woman and the only person who can supply testimony of his freedom, so that evidence of that freedom may be preserved.
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Deposition, Elizabeth Busey, 9 May 1816; Newspaper Advertisement, July 1816; Decree, 10 February 1819
Pages of Related Documents:6

People Associated with Petition 20781601

Free Persons of Color:3
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Kentucky Division of Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, Kentucky

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Case Files
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  • Document Number 456
  • Box: 1-5
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Processing Information

Record Created:10/6/1995
Record Final Edited:7/24/2000
Record Last Updated on:3/14/2006 3:28:00 PM