Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11284401 Details

State:North Carolina
Salutation:To the honourable the Legislature of the State of North Carolina
Filing Date:1844-December-20

General Petition Information

Abstract:Jacob, Mary, Patsey, Meriwether, and Matilda, free blacks in Halifax County, Virginia, ask to settle in North Carolina. They explain that they were freed by the will of their late master, Phillip E. Vass [the younger]; said will directed that $2,000 be used to purchase at least 250 acres of land in North Carolina where the manumitted slaves would settle. The petitioners avow that "they are very poor and entirely destitute of the means to remove to any of the United States or to any other Country in which the laws would suffer them to reside and unless they can have the benefit of the provision made for them in the will aforesaid they are at all times liable by the laws of Virginia to be sold as slaves." They "therefore cast themselves on the indulgence of your Honourable body and humbly entreat that the benevolent intentions of their former master towards them may be suffered to be carried into execution by removing the restrictions which now prevent their availing themselves of all the benefits of the provision made for them by his will."
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:PARs #11684108, #11684209, #11686005, #21683236, #21684021, #21684022, #21684125, #21684322, #21685030; Report of the Committee on Propositions and Grievances, 26 December 1844; Copy of the Last Will and Testament of Phillip E. Vass, 8 August 1831; Copy of Proceedings of the Halifax County Court, Virginia, October, November 1832; Copy of Record of Halifax Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery, Virginia, James P. Vass v. Isaac Medley Sr., April 1833; ibid., Jacob, et al., v. Vass's Executors, 3 April 1840
Pages of Related Documents:32

People Associated with Petition 11284401

Free Persons of Color:6
Other People:5

Citation Information

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

  • General Assembly, Session Records, Senate Committee Reports, November 1844--January 1845

Processing Information

Record Created:3/11/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:9/18/2008 8:23:00 PM