Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11283808 Details

State:North Carolina
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon: the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
Filing Date:1838-November-26

General Petition Information

Abstract:Henry Patterson, a free person of color, seeks to free his wife whom he has purchased. Patterson, "a bricklayer & Plasterer by trade," asserts that "he & his said wife have been brought up in the City of Raleigh and as to character for industry, quietness & good order in general he appeals for himself & his wife to all the respectable inhabitants of this City." Fearing "that if he were to die without a Will his Brothers & Sisters would become the owners of his wife & she might be sold a slave for life for their debts," he also submits that "if he were to make a will he cannot liberate her, nor make any other disposition of her according to law." Patterson therefore states that "to your Hon Body alone can he look for help & redress."
Result:House: referred to committee
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Testimonial of Citizens of Raleigh and Wake County, November 1838
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 11283808

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

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

  • General Assembly, Session Records

Processing Information

Record Created:2/8/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:10/14/2008 7:45:00 AM