Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11281608 Details

State:North Carolina
Location:Bertie
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
Filing Date:1816-November-20

General Petition Information

Abstract:Willis, "formerly the property of William T. Thompson," recounts that he "has belonged to the family of the Thompsons from his infancy until the year 1814." He proudly asserts that during such time "he hath performed many & important services for his respective masters, having for a great part of the time served them as Superintendant or Overseer." Willis acknowledges that the said William T. directed that, at his death, "your Petr. should be sold with a view ... that he your Petr. might purchase his own freedom." He states that the executor of Thomas's estate sold him to one William Carnal from whom he purchased his freedom and that the court was "pleased to order adjudge & decree your Petr. on complying with the provisions of an act of assembly ... should be set free." Having complied with said provisions, Willis discloses, however, that "the Court did not give your Petr. a name or stile by which he can purchase or transfer property, sue or be sued, plead or be impleaded or otherwise enjoy many of the rights and privileges of a free person of Colour." The petitioner therefore prays that an act be passed "emancipating your Petr. by the name of Willis Thompson."
Result:rejected
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:List of Subscribers, [1816]; Certificate of Emancipation of Negro Man Willis, Martin County, March Term 1814; see PAR #21281401
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 11281608

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

Citation Information

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

  • General Assembly, Session Records

Processing Information

Record Created:10/20/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:6/8/2008 5:25:00 PM