Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11280005 Details

State:North Carolina
Location:Cumberland
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
Filing Date:1800-December-5

General Petition Information

Abstract:Gurdon Deming represents that "he is the owner of a Certain woman named Lucy and her child Laura." Deming describes the history of Lucy as "a romantic one" in that she "is the daughter of a free white woman" and that "to conceal this circumstance, so as to protect the reputation of the real mother, Lucy at her birth was placed in charge of a woman a slave of one John Selph." He further avers that said Selph intended to manumit Lucy but his death "being sudden and his estate proving insolvent, his intentions were frustrated." As "Lucy in colour is perfectly White, and cannot be distinguished from the purest of the race," Deming prays that a law be passed "authorizing the Emancipation of the said Lucy, and her child Laura." The petitioner also adds that Lucy's "associations have been distinct from the coloured population and her whole demeanor that of the whites to which class she evidently belongs."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:See PAR #11280006
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 11280005

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

Citation Information

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

  • General Assembly, Session Records

Processing Information

Record Created:8/31/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:3/4/2008 12:59:00 PM