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PAR Number 10381825

State: Delaware Year: 1818
Location: New Castle Location Type: County

Abstract: Mary Reading purchased three slaves at a sale in Cecil County, Maryland, in the summer of 1817. Noting that "said negroes were purchased for your Petitioner for her sole use," Reading states that the slaves "have ever since remained in the said state, and out of possession of your Petitioner, by reason of the Laws of this State operating to prevent the introduction of Slaves into the said State." She therefore prays that an act be passed "authorising and impowering her to bring the said negroes into this state and retain them as such."

PAR Number 10382612

State: Delaware Year: 1826
Location: Kent Location Type: County

Abstract: Joel Clements owns the slave Jefferson, who resides in Maryland. He seeks exemption from the Delaware law designed to prevent the importation and exportation of slaves and asks permission to bring Jefferson into Delaware. Clements promises to free Jefferson on 1 January 1833, "when your petitioner agrees that the said slave shall be free and entitled to all the privileges and immunities of free negroes and mulattoes of the State of Delaware, the said negro Jefferson being at present a slave for life."

PAR Number 10382617

State: Delaware Year: 1826

Abstract: Jane Taylor of Queen Anne's County, Maryland, represents that she owns three slaves who reside in Delaware. She therefore prays that a law be passed "authorizing her to remove and carry out her aforesaid slaves from the state of Delaware into the State of Maryland."

PAR Number 10382618

State: Delaware Year: 1826
Location: Sussex Location Type: County

Abstract: As a minor, Isaac Giles moved from Maryland to Delaware in 1817 and learned the trade of blacksmithing as an apprentice. He states that he owns the slave Arthur, now residing with Giles's guardian in Maryland. The petitioner notes that he tried to bring his slave into Delaware but was denied legislative permission because he was a minor. Now an adult, he again seeks exemption from a Delaware law designed to prevent the importation and exportation of slaves and asks permission to bring Arthur into Delaware.

PAR Number 10382703

State: Delaware Year: 1827
Location: New Castle Location Type: County

Abstract: Moses Bradford "owns a manumitted negro girl, named Ann, about nine years of age, now living in Cecil County, and state of Maryland." Bradford, "being desirous of bringing her into the state of Delaware," prays "the General Assembly to grant him the power, that thus he may be enabled to have the advantage of her service in this state, during the period for which she is to serve."

PAR Number 10382704

State: Delaware Year: 1827
Location: New Castle Location Type: County

Abstract: Ann Bail of Wilmington, Delaware, states that she "is the owner of a Female Negro Girl named Rachel a Slave aged four years," who is currently in the state of Maryland. Bail "is desirous of bringing the said slave from the State of Maryland where she was born, into the state of Delaware for the purpose of raising her, and having the benefit of her services, untill she attains the age of Twenty Eight Years at which time it is the intention of Your Petitioner to provide that she shall be free." The petitioner therefore prays that she be authorized to bring Rachel into the state of Delaware and "to retain her as a slave untill she attains the age of Twenty Eight Years."

PAR Number 10382706

State: Delaware Year: 1827
Location: New Castle Location Type: County

Abstract: Joseph Hossinger states that he acquired the slave Jacob "by the donation of Samuel Kerr, your Petitioners Brother in Law." Noting that Jacob is at present in Maryland, Hossinger "is desirous of bringing him into this State." He therefore prays that a special law be passed "empowering your Petitioner to bring the said slave Jacob into this state."

PAR Number 10382707

State: Delaware Year: 1827
Location: New Castle Location Type: County

Abstract: As guardian of her son, Sarah Banning of Wilmington, Delaware, "is owner of a female negro girl named Mabel Skinner a Slave aged Eighteen years," who is presently in Talbot County, Maryland. Banning "is desirous of bringing the said slave from the State of Maryland where she was born, into the Sate of Delaware that your Petitioner may have the benefit of her Services." She therefore prays that a law be passed "authorizing her to bring from the State of Maryland into the State of Delaware, the said female slave Mable Skinner to retain her as a slave."

PAR Number 10382708

State: Delaware Year: 1827
Location: Sussex Location Type: County

Abstract: Sarah Hudson of Sussex County, Delaware, represents "that she is the owner of a certain negro Girl called Mary who is now in the State of Maryland, and that she is desirous to bring her into this State for the purposes of her own employment without affecting her property in the said Mary." Hudson therefore prays that a law be passed "to enable her to bring into this State from the State of Maryland the said negro Slave."

PAR Number 10382709

State: Delaware Year: 1827
Location: Kent Location Type: County

Abstract: Curtis Beswick states that "he is the owner of a certain negro boy called Caleb about twelve or thirteen years of age now in the State of Maryland, and that he is desirous to bring him into this State for the purpose of his own employment without affecting his property in the said boy." Beswick therefore prays that a law be passed "authorizing him to bring into this State from the State of Maryland the said negro boy."

PAR Number 10382710

State: Delaware Year: 1827
Location: Kent Location Type: County

Abstract: "Having married in the State of Maryland," John Robertson of Kent County, Delaware, states that he "received from his father-in-law" an eight-year-old female slave on account of his marriage. Robertson "therefore prays your honourable body for a law authorizing him to bring the said negro girl into this State and hold her as a slave."

PAR Number 10382712

State: Delaware Year: 1827

Abstract: Levi Cathell states that he and his wife, Priscillia, are residents of Worcester County, Maryland, and that they inherited twelve slaves from the estate of James Cannon; the decedent was the Pricilla's father and resided in Sussex County, Delaware. Cathell "is desirous to remove from this state to his farm and Residence in the state of Maryland" all of the slaves "solely for the purpose of imploying the said Negroes in his agricultural pursuits." He therefore prays that a law be passed "authorizing him to Remove the aforesaid Negroes from this state into the state of Maryland and to Retain them as slaves." The twelve slaves are comprised of Leah, her brother Peter, and Leah's ten children.

PAR Number 10382910

State: Delaware Year: 1829
Location: Kent Location Type: County

Abstract: Joseph Brown of Kent County, Delaware, states that he owns a number of slaves in Caroline County, Maryland. He therefore prays that a special act be passed allowing him "to move and remove the Said slaves at pleasure, and to have them or either of them, in or out of the State as may suit his Convenience."

PAR Number 10382913

State: Delaware Year: 1823
Location: Kent Location Type: County

Abstract: John B. Scotton states that "he is the owner of a negro girl slave, named Charlotte, aged about fourteen years now in the State of Maryland." He further represents that "he wishes to bring her into this state for his own use." Scotton therefore prays an act be passed "authorising him to bring the said Slave into this State from the State of Maryland, and hold her as such."

PAR Number 10382915

State: Delaware Year: 1829
Location: Kent Location Type: County

Abstract: Ayres Stockly of Kent County, Delaware, inherited twenty-one-year-old Bob and seventeen-year-old Charles from his father's estate. Stockly represents that said slaves "still remain in Accomack county Virginia, where they are of little advantage to him and that he wishes to employ them in Kent County in his own service." The petitioner therefore prays "that a bill may be passed to authorize him to bring them into this State."

PAR Number 10382920

State: Delaware Year: 1829

Abstract: "Having two Servants in Delaware," Thomas Handy, a Maryland resident, is "anxious to remove them from Delaware into the State of maryland." He therefore prays that a law be passed "authorising your Petitioner to remove from the State of Delaware into the State of Maryland negroes Clem and George to have & hold them as his proper slaves."

PAR Number 10382921

State: Delaware Year: 1829
Location: New Castle Location Type: County

Abstract: Stevens Woolford states that in 1816 he married Cassey Waples, a Virginia woman who had inherited four slaves from her grandmother, Cassey Custus. He recounts that he and his wife have spent the last eleven years moving between the states of Maryland and Virginia and that, at present, Milley and her two sons are in Virginia and Charles is in Maryland. Woolford, a resident of Delaware for the past two years, "is now desirous of uniting with his Family here, the said negroes." He therefore prays that a law be passed "authorising him to remove into this State, from the said States of Maryland and Virginia, the said negroes."

PAR Number 10382922

State: Delaware Year: 1829

Abstract: Benjamin Wattson states that he is now the owner "of a Female Slave called Rachel and her Child called William in Cecil County Maryland." He further declares that he "is desirous to remove the said Rachel and her Child into this state for the purpose of keeping them as Domestics in his own Family." Wattson therefore prays that a law be passed "granting him the priviledge of removing the said Rachel and her child William into this State." He notes that twenty-two-year-old Rachel is "to serve until she is thirty years of age" and that two-month-old William is "to serve untill he is Twenty eight.

PAR Number 10382923

State: Delaware Year: 1829

Abstract: Delaware resident William Duhamel states that he owns a fourteen-year-old slave named George, who is "at this time residing in the State of Maryland." He further reveals that he "has use for the services of said boy." Duhamel therefore prays "that the legislature would pass a law authorising your petitioner to remove said boy into the State of Delaware."

PAR Number 10383003

State: Delaware Year: 1830
Location: New Castle Location Type: County

Abstract: Dr. James Thompson asks that he may "be authorized according to the laws of the State, to introduce into it, from Virginia, a certain female slave named Hannah & to be held here by him as such." Thompson states that Hannah "is upwards of fifty years of age" and is "of the great desire" to come and reside with his family in Delaware.

PAR Number 10383103

State: Delaware Year: 1831

Abstract: John Watson Evans, "being possessed of two negroe slaves resident in the State of Maryland," represents that he is "anxious to have them removed to the State of Delaware." He therefore prays that a law be passed "to enable me to bring sd. negroes, Evan & Hiram into this State."

PAR Number 10383905

State: Delaware Year: 1839

Abstract: Isaac Walker represents that he is the owner of soon to be thirteen-year-old Moses, a slave "untill he arrives to the age of twenty five years." Walker also reports that he recently moved from Delaware to Maryland and "there now resides on a farm owned by him." The petitioner, being "desirous of removing his said Slave to the State of Maryland, for the purpose of working him on this said farm," therefore prays that a law be passed "authorizing him to remove his said Slave from this State into the State of Maryland."

PAR Number 10383906

State: Delaware Year: 1839
Location: Kent Location Type: County

Abstract: Lewis McConckin reports that "he has recently removed from the State of Maryland and settled himself permanently in Kent County and State of Delaware." He further states that "he is the lawful owner of two negro children now in the said State of Maryland, and is desirous to remove them and hold them as slaves in this State." The petitioner therefore prays that an act be passed "to empower him to remove and bring into this State the said children and to hold the same as slaves according to the laws here in force."

PAR Number 10383907

State: Delaware Year: 1839

Abstract: George T. Martin, the guardian of Catherine and John Robinson of Caroline County in Maryland, explains that his wards inherited two young slaves from their grandfather, Ralph Robinson of Sussex County, Delaware, in 1831. Stating that said slaves "are now in the State of Delaware & are now of little or no service to the legatees," Martin believing "it to be for the interest of the legatees that the above named slaves (Jude & William) should be brought over into the State of Maryland where the legatees reside." He therefore asks that a law be passed "authorising him to bring over into the State of Maryland the slaves mentioned in this petition."

PAR Number 10384511

State: Delaware Year: 1845

Abstract: Delaware resident James Law represents that he owns land and slaves in both Delaware and Maryland. He therefore prays that a law be passed enabling "him to employ the Said Slaves in Either State as it may Sute your Petitioner without endangering his rite of Propperty in Said Slaves."

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