Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11280702 Details

State:North Carolina
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honourable the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina now in Session in the City of Raleigh
Filing Date:1807-November-24
Ending Date:1807-December-15

General Petition Information

Abstract:Martha Cole laments that her husband "about five years past was smitten with lunacy" and that his insanity requires that he be kept "close confined in a small building under the same Roof with the Dwelling House on his own plantation." Almost sixty years old and somewhat infirm, Martha admits that she "is destitute of any white family except her husband” and "finds it very inconvenient to live in her present situation." She reveals that John owns 240 acres of land, along with four slaves which were "given to your memorialist by her father." The petitioner therefore prays that a law be passed "authorizing her to sell or otherwise dispose of the above mention property or such a part thereof as she may find necessary in order to enable her to employ suitable attendants for her said husband and for the support of your memorialist and the humane treatment of her said husband."
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Report of the Committee of Propositions and Grievances, 8 December 1807; Copy of the Last Will and Testament of John Cole, 8 September 1794; Affidavit of Marshal Deggs, 10 November 1807; Affidavit of Daniel Snead, 10 November 1807
Pages of Related Documents:6

People Associated with Petition 11280702

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

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

  • General Assembly, Session Records, Joint Committee of Propositions and Grievances, November--December 1807

Processing Information

Record Created:10/16/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:4/4/2008 7:31:00 PM