Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Search Results

Your subject search returned 2894 total results.

Displaying 25 results per page.

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 10382909

State: Delaware Year: 1829

Abstract: Louis M. Lane states that in 1812 he came into possession "in right of his wife of a number of negro slaves, many of whom he then and has since manumitted as they attained a suitable age and were in a situation to be benefited by their freedom." Lane still owns some slaves, whom he plans to free, but in the meantime he owns a farm along the Bohemia River in Cecil County, Maryland, and wishes to work the slaves on the farm. Lane seeks exemption from the Delaware law designed to prevent the importation and exportation of slaves and asks permission for his slaves to travel to Maryland to work on his farm.

PAR Number 10382911

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

Abstract: Joseph Dutton of Sussex County, Delaware, recounts that he "recently became possessed of a certain female slave named Rachel, late the property of General William Potter of Caroline County State of Maryland." He therefore prays that a pass be passed "authorising him to bring the said negro woman Rachel from the State of Maryland into this State and to hold her as a Slave for the term of ten years from the passing of such act."

PAR Number 10382912

State: Delaware Year: 1829

Abstract: William Cooch states that he inherited "a certain negro Boy, named Levi aged between Seventeen and Eighteen, to Serve your petitioner twelve years" from the estate of Theodore Thomas in Cecil County, Maryland. He therefore prays that a law be passed "as will enable your Petitioner to bring the aforesaid Levi into the State of Delaware."

PAR Number 10382914

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

Abstract: Manlove Jester of New Castle County, Delaware, purchased a slave named Mary, who is currently in Cecil County, Maryland, "for the term of six years from the fourteenth of January next, at the expiration of that time said negro Mary is manumitted." Jester therefore prays that a law be passed "authorizing him to bring into the State of Delaware from the State of Maryland the said negro Mary, and hold her as Slave for the term of six years from the said fourteenth day of January next."

PAR Number 10382916

State: Delaware Year: 1829

Abstract: William Cooch states that he inherited "a certain negro Girl named Sophia to Serve your Petitioner for the term of fourteen years or untill She is thirty years of age" from the estate of Theodore Thomas in Cecil County, Maryland. He therefore prays that a law be passed "as will Authorise your petitioner to bring into this State the negro Girl Sophia above named."

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 10383311

State: Delaware Year: 1833
Location: Kent Location Type: County

Abstract: Robert Palmatary of Kent County, Delaware, contracted with a Maryland slave owner to purchase twenty-two-year-old James Thompson, "a slave for life." He states that it is his wish "to bring the said slave into this state immediately, and it [is] his intention to manumit him to be free at the expiration of six years." Palmatary therefore prays that an act be passed "granting him permission to import the said slave upon his executing such manumission as aforesaid."

PAR Number 10383702

State: Delaware Year: 1837

Abstract: In 1809, Delaware resident John Cooper manumitted several slaves, including a woman named Lydia. By 1826, Lydia had married John Hawkins, a free man of color, and the couple had three children (Charity, Sally, and John) and were living in Caroline County, Maryland. However, John Cooper's son-in-law, John Willoughby, convinced Cooper that the Delaware manumissions were not valid in Maryland and that Cooper faced prosecution for allowing his former slaves to move there. Willoughby thus "seduced" Cooper to sign a deed conveying Lydia and her children to Willoughby, to Cooper's son, Richard, and to other relatives. Soon after, Willoughby and Richard Cooper took Lydia and her children to the Sussex County jail with "the intention to selling them to southern traders." John Cooper and another of his sons learned of this and demanded the former slaves be released, which they were. The freed slaves were never bothered again during John Cooper's life, the petitioner states. In April 1836, however, Willoughby and a gang of armed men kidnapped Hawkins' three children and the children of others freed by John Cooper and carried them to the jail in Queen Anne's County, Maryland. Willoughby's objective was to sell them to "foreign traders, or carry them to the south himself." The case of their freedom is still pending in Queen Anne's County, Maryland. Hawkins seeks an act that would affirm the legality of the manumission of his wife and children.

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 10384310

State: Delaware Year: 1843
Location: Kent Location Type: County

Abstract: Andrew Gray asks the legislature to reconsider its decision to reject his original petition of January 1843, and he asks again for compensation for his slave Charles, who was arrested and escaped from jail in 1809. Gray suggests that said rejection may stem from "a latent objection in the minds of some to passing it because of the unpopularity attached to the name of a slaveholder at this day. To them, if any there be, I would say, that although a slaveholder, I am both a professed and practiced abolitionist." Gray asserts that he "inherited a family of young slaves, two of whom only were above the age of twenty one and the whole have been long since liberated." Estimating the value of the freed male slaves to be $400 at the time, he deems it "was a sacrifice which abolitionists who never owned a negro have not incurred and consequently have not given the proof of their zeal in the cause of emancipation."

PAR Number 10384501

State: Delaware Year: 1845
Location: Kent Location Type: County

Abstract: Andrew Gray states that his twenty-one-year-old slave Charles was arrested and jailed for theft in 1809. He further reveals that said Charles "after he was arrested and committed did with other prisoners break gaol and escape, and has never since been heard of." The petitioner, thirty-six years later, now seeks compensation for the loss of the slave Charles, as he "has, as he thinks a claim on the state for indemnification." Gray offers certain "observations in support of my petition to allow me a compensation for the loss of my negro slave Charles," in which he states that he is "and always have been friendly to the gradual liberation of negro slaves, and the colonization of them after their liberation." He goes on to recount that he "inherited a family of slaves, all of whom have been long since liberated," estimating the value of the freed male slaves to be $400 at the time. This, he proclaims, "was a sacrifice which abolitionists, who never owned a negro, have not incurred, and consequently have not given the proof of their zeal in the cause of emancipation."

PAR Number 11000003

State: Mississippi
Location: Claiborne Location Type: County

Abstract: Drury Breazeale seeks to emancipate two slaves—a man named John, age fifty-eight, and a woman named Matilda, age forty-six—both of whom have been "faithful, industrious and obedient Servants, and rendering meritorious services."

PAR Number 11000004

State: Mississippi
Location: Adams Location Type: County

Abstract: "Jerry a Man of Colour" was born a slave and asks for his freedom as stipulated in the will of Colonel Benajah Osmun. Jerry quotes the following clause from the will: "Item for the faithful services of my boy Jerry, I hereby manumit and set him the said Jerry free from slavery, from and after my decease."

PAR Number 11000005

State: Mississippi
Location: Hancock Location Type: County

Abstract: William Smith requests emancipation of the slave Bill, who "without direction" protected and supported Smith following the death of his parents. Smith secured an education through the "laborious and unassuming exertions of this humble protector."

PAR Number 11000006

State: Mississippi
Location: Hinds Location Type: County

Abstract: William S. Byrd asks to emancipate the female slave "Tener about forty five years of age, of good Morral Character." He states that she had served in his and his father's family for many years. She was known for "good deeds done, and worthy acts Performed."

PAR Number 11000009

State: Mississippi
Location: Wilkinson Location Type: County

Abstract: W. Davis asks for the emancipation of two old slaves, Charles and Eve, formerly owned by the late Colonel Hugh Davis of Wilkinson County. Davis planned to free the slaves but died before he could carry out "his benevolent intention." Davis's heirs never claimed ownership of the two, but the slaves were nonetheless "levied on and sold as their property" and purchased for the petitioner. They have now repaid the price of their purchase and W. Davis is ready to implement the wishes of the late Colonel.

PAR Number 11000010

State: Mississippi

Abstract: Samuel Osborne asks for emancipation of an infant "whom he verily believes to be the issue of white parents" and by fraud has been brought into state and sold as a slave. He states that he recently purchased the child and wants to raise her as his own, educate her, and change her name from Margaret to Indiana Osborne.

PAR Number 11000011

State: Mississippi
Location: Claiborne Location Type: County

Abstract: The petitioners ask for the emancipation of Samuel Martin, "a slave for life" belonging to John W. Thomson. Martin possesses "an unimpeachable character, and has rendered many meritorious Services." A related petition reveals that a number of years later Samuel Martin, who did obtain his freedom, purchased his wife and three children, and filed a petition for their emancipation.

PAR Number 11000012

State: Mississippi Year: 1830
Location: Jackson Location Type: County

Abstract: Samuel Miller asks for the emancipation of Martha Tyler, a slave about thirty years old. He states that he is aware "that the inclination of the public is somewhat opposed to the grant of such privilege" but hopes that the legislature will pass an act of "benevolence and Kindness to a servant endeared to him by years of faithful servitude." In addition, Miller states that he is growing old and recognizes his time is limited.

PAR Number 11000013

State: Mississippi
Location: Claiborne Location Type: County

Abstract: The petitioners ask for the emancipation of Samuel Martin's family. Three years before Martin, a free man of color, purchased his wife and three children. A related petition reveals that Samuel Martin had been freed a number of years earlier by his owner, J. W. Thomson.

PAR Number 11000014

State: Mississippi Year: 9999
Location: Unknown Location Type: County

Abstract: William Moreton and his wife, Violet, were emancipated by Jesse Carter in Louisiana about 1814. The Moretons left their daughter, Charlotte, in the possession of Carter, as a slave for life. After Carter's death, the couple bought Charlotte for $352. Moreton now petitions to free his daughter. He writes, "Your Petitioner although' a colored man is not devoid of feelings of humanity and nature & considers it against the laws of nature to hold his own offspring in a state of servitude."

PAR Number 11000015

State: Mississippi

Abstract: Lewis Glover asks for the emancipation of his "good true and faithful servant" Rachel. Glover explains that Rachel's "good economy and industry enabled her to raise a sufficient sum of Money to pay to your Petitioner her full value."

PAR Number 11000017

State: Mississippi

Abstract: John Baptiste Nicaisse purchased his two-year-old daughter, Izabella, in 1806 at the Bay of St. Louis, which was then under Spanish rule. The bill of sale stipulated that Nicaisse should legally emancipate the child "before the command't at mobile." Before Nicaisse could do so, however, the area became part of the United States. He now seeks to free her through the Mississippi legislature.

Next 25 Results