Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11279104 Details

State:North Carolina
Location:Edgecombe
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
Filing Date:1791-December-26

General Petition Information

Abstract:Barbara Hill, the widow of slaveholder James Hill, bought a 246-acre tract in 1785 from the state with certificates issued to veterans of the American Revolution; the land had been purchased by her husband from William McClennan but was included in property owned by McClennan that was confiscated and sold at auction after McClennan fled to Europe during the Revolution. After repurchasing the land with the certificates, Barbara Hill states, she was sued by the other heirs of James Hill, who successfully recovered the land "by due course of law." The widow asks that the "Certificates" she used to buy the land and now deposited in the Public Treasury be returned to her with interest or that "equitable retribution be made to your petitioner."
Result:committee report: petitioner "entitled to relief"
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Report of the Committee of Propositions and Grievances, ca. 1791; Copy of Estate Inventory, James Hill, November 1778; Copy of Estate Inventory, Barbara Hill, 16 March 1795
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 11279104

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

Citation Information

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

  • General Assembly, Session Records, Joint Committee of Propositions and Grievances, December 1791--January 1792

Processing Information

Record Created:8/31/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/22/2008 4:14:00 PM