Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11279002 Details

State:North Carolina
Location:Gates
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable The Gen.l assembly of the State of North Carolina at next Sitting
Filing Date:1790-October-23

General Petition Information

Abstract:William Lewis and Samuel Harrell ask that a law be passed validating the title to a tract of land acquired by a group of people descended from American Indians and blacks. They state that in 1724 the Chowan Indians received 11,360 acres of land from "the true and absolute Lords proprietors of North Carolina" lying in Chowan County, now Gates County. Noting that "the whole of the Said Chowan Indian Men is dead," they point out that that left "a parcel of Indian Women, which has mixed with Negroes, and now there is Several freemen and Women of Mixed blood as aforesaid which have descended from the Sd. Indians, who consider themselves "intitled to the Small Remnants of the aforesaid Tract of Land that was not sold nor conveyed by the aforesaid Indians in their Lifetime." Lewis and Harrell state that the said freemen “have for a valuable Consideration Conveyed the Said Remnants of Land to your Petitioners,” whereby they pray that a law may be passed “authorizing the said free men of mixed blood as aforesaid to sell and make titles” to the said land and that said titles “shall be good and valid in Law.” Supporters of Lewis and Harrell aver that “the freemen aluded to in the petition Did in the late Contest with Great Brittain behave themselves as good and faithful soldiers in behalf of this and the United States.”
Result:rejected
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Report of Committee of Propositions and Grievances, 13 November 1790
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 11279002

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

Citation Information

Repository: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina

  • General Assembly, Session Records, Joint Standing Committee of Propositions and Grievances, November--December 1790

Processing Information

Record Created:8/28/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/19/2008 4:14:00 PM