Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11279213 Details

State:North Carolina
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the General Assembly of North Carolina
Filing Date:1792-November-29

General Petition Information

Abstract:John Handy, the "reputed father" of two-year-old mulatto Peggy Handy, purchased his daughter from Elizabeth Vail; he then loaned the child back to the former owner for the "purpose of maintaining and educating her and intending that she should afterwards be free." A mistake in the transfer deed, however, meant that Peggy would not remain with Vail after the term for which she had been lent but would revert to John Handy's estate. Fearing his intentions "would be thereby defeated," he issued a deed of emancipation, saying that after the loan period Peggy would "be forever free." Vail asks the legislature to free "the said Mulatto girl."
Result:House, Senate: read, referred
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Copy of Bill of Sale, Elizabeth Vail to John Handy, 19 April 1786; Copy of Deed of Freedom, John Handy to Peggy and John G. Handy, 7 October 1786
Pages of Related Documents:7

People Associated with Petition 11279213

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:2

Citation Information

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

  • General Assembly, Session Records

Processing Information

Record Created:10/16/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:2/15/2008 7:22:00 AM