Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11585109 Details

State:Texas
Location:De Witt
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon Members of the Legislature in Session at Austin December 1851
Filing Date:1851-December-10

General Petition Information

Abstract:The chief justice, court clerk, and other officials in De Witt County ask that eighteen-year-old James W. Steen, a young man of "sprightly intellect," be permitted to manage his own affairs. They note that his property "is small consisting of one negro woman and 4 children and a few hundred dollars," which "cannot be governed under the Guardian Law without waste & which would be a sacrafice to sell." Believing Steen to be "a young man of unexceptionable moral character," the petitioners pray an act may be passed by which Steen "may succeed to the rights privileges &c which he would succeed to and receive on arriving at 21 years of age."
Result:referred to Committee on State Affairs
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:A. G. Stevens to B. Peebles, 3 December 1851
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 11585109

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:9
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Texas State Library-Archives Division, Austin, Texas

  • Records of the Legislature, Memorials and Petitions
  • Record Group: 100

Processing Information

Record Created:7/16/1996
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/14/2007 9:11:00 PM