Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11282502 Details

State:North Carolina
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honourable the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
Filing Date:1825-November-26

General Petition Information

Abstract:Twenty-five citizen of Chowan County ask that fourteen-year-old Peggy and seven-year-old Nancy, the daughters of Christopher and Charity Burkitt, be freed. They represent that the said Christopher, a free man of color, purchased Charity and Peggy in 1812 and that this past fall "the said Christopher procured the emancipation of his wife but the presiding Judge declined decreeing the emancipation of the children -- deeming them on account of their tender years not within the meaning of the Act of Assembly." The petitioners therefore pray "that the case of said Christopher may be taken into consideration and that his said two children may be emancipated." The citizens attest that "the characters of said Christopher & his wife are good and that his children are of docile dispositions."
Result:House: committee recommends rejection
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Report of Committee of Propositions and Grievances, 7 December 1825
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 11282502

Free Persons of Color:2
Other People:1

Citation Information

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

  • General Assembly, Session Records, Miscellaneous House Committee Reports, 1825-26

Processing Information

Record Created:10/21/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:6/25/2008 1:25:00 PM