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PAR Number 11483322

State: Tennessee Year: 1833

Abstract: Over eleven hundred petitioners, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhumane practice of separating husbands and wives.”

PAR Number 11483324

State: Tennessee Year: 1833

Abstract: One hundred fifty two petitioners, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhumane practice of separating husbands and wives.”

PAR Number 11483325

State: Tennessee Year: 1833
Location: Davidson Location Type: County

Abstract: Seventy-two residents of Davidson County praise Loo, "a man of colour formerly the property of W B Lewis." They "certify that he is a person of correct deportment" and that "he is of humble and respectful manners and has sustained a good character as a slave and having purchased his own freedom as well as that of his wife and child." They therefore "hope he may be liberated without being compelled to leave the State."

PAR Number 11483326

State: Tennessee Year: 1833

Abstract: One hundred twenty petitioner, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhumane practice of separating husbands and wives.”

PAR Number 11483501

State: Tennessee Year: 1835
Location: Shelby Location Type: County

Abstract: Joseph Harris, a free man of color, asks permission to remain in Tennessee. Harris recalls that the owner of his wife and children "emigrated from Virginia in the fall of 1832 to the County of Shelby in this state where he is now settled." He further states that he "felt unwilling to be parted from them and if he could be permitted to accompany them he felt it to be his duty to do so," whereupon his "late owner and master moved by a desire to gratify the intention & wishes of your petitioner or from some other generous motive emancipated him and left him free to act as he might think it most expedient." Having "purchased a small tract of land upon which he is now settled," the petitioner "trusts and hopes and humbly prays that under all these circumstances the boon he solicits at the hands of your honorable bodies will not be denied to him."

PAR Number 11483502

State: Tennessee Year: 1835
Location: Jefferson Location Type: County

Abstract: Charles B. Hodges represents that the late Samuel Todd "in his last will and testament desired that an old negro man named Dave, of whom the said Samuel Todd died possessed, should be free at the death of the said Samuel." He attests that said Dave "is a respectable negro, and sustains a good character for honesty and probity, that he is now living with your petitioner." Hodges therefore prays "the passage of a law authorising the emancipation of the Said negro man Dave, who is now a slave, upon your petitioners giving bond with good and Sufficient security for the good behaviour and maintenance of the said negro man slave Dave during his natural life."

PAR Number 11483505

State: Tennessee Year: 1835
Location: Jefferson Location Type: County

Abstract: Forty-nine petitioners represent that Benjamin McFarland is "the owner of two Slaves Named Solomon, and Abby his Wife." They disclose that McFarland is "desirous that Said Solomon & Abby may be emmansipated, on account of the faithful Services rendered by said Solomon and his Wife in Raising him, and his fathers family." Noting that McFarland has moved to Missouri, they point out that he "left a power of Attorney authorising application to be made to the Court of pleas &c of said County" to order that the sixty-year-old slaves be set free. The petitioners further report that Solomon and Abby "desire to remain in Said County after they are free." They therefore pray "that your Honorable body will pass a law Authorising them to live in Said State after they are set free for and during the remainder of their lives."

PAR Number 11483506

State: Tennessee Year: 1835

Abstract: Forty-two petitioners argue that slave owners should be permitted to free their slaves on "terms which will not involve them, nor their estates, for their maintenance." They further propose the propriety of passing a law that would declare that "all the descendants of slaves, which may be born after the passing of the law, shall be free at some age which your honourable body ... may agree upon." The petitioners also purport the importance of teaching said term slaves "some occupation by which they may get an honest living; and teach them at least to read the holy scriptures; & give them reasonable previlege of attending meetings for divine worship."

PAR Number 11483507

State: Tennessee Year: 1835

Abstract: Fifty-nine petitioners, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhuman practice of separating husbands and wives.”

PAR Number 11483508

State: Tennessee Year: 1835

Abstract: Fifty petitioners, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhuman practice of separating husbands and wives.”

PAR Number 11483509

State: Tennessee Year: 1835

Abstract: Eighteen petitioners, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhuman practice of separating husbands and wives.”

PAR Number 11483510

State: Tennessee Year: 1835

Abstract: Nine petitioners, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhuman practice of separating husbands and wives.”

PAR Number 11483512

State: Tennessee Year: 1835

Abstract: Seventy petitioners, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhuman practice of separating husbands and wives.”

PAR Number 11483513

State: Tennessee Year: 1835

Abstract: Forty-eight petitioners, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhuman practice of separating husbands and wives.”

PAR Number 11483514

State: Tennessee Year: 1835

Abstract: One hundred fifty-seven petitioners, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhuman practice of separating husbands and wives.”

PAR Number 11483515

State: Tennessee Year: 1835

Abstract: Forty-nine petitioners, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhuman practice of separating husbands and wives.”

PAR Number 11483516

State: Tennessee Year: 1835

Abstract: Nineteen petitioners, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhuman practice of separating husbands and wives.”

PAR Number 11483517

State: Tennessee Year: 1835

Abstract: Forty-one petitioners, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhuman practice of separating husbands and wives.”

PAR Number 11483518

State: Tennessee Year: 1835

Abstract: Thirty-seven petitioners, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhuman practice of separating husbands and wives.”

PAR Number 11483519

State: Tennessee Year: 1835

Abstract: Two hundred twelve petitioners, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhuman practice of separating husbands and wives.”

PAR Number 11483520

State: Tennessee Year: 1835

Abstract: Eleven petitioners, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhuman practice of separating husbands and wives.”

PAR Number 11483521

State: Tennessee Year: 1835

Abstract: One hundred ninety-three petitioners, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhuman practice of separating husbands and wives.”

PAR Number 11483522

State: Tennessee Year: 1835

Abstract: Thirty-five petitioners, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhuman practice of separating husbands and wives.”

PAR Number 11483523

State: Tennessee Year: 1835

Abstract: Eleven petitioners, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhuman practice of separating husbands and wives.”

PAR Number 11483524

State: Tennessee Year: 1835

Abstract: Thirty-two petitioners, lamenting the deplorable condition of people of color and citing rights promised in the Constitution, seek a gradual end to slavery. The petitioners argue that slaveholders should be permitted to free their slaves on terms that will not involve their estates so long as the emancipated slaves can maintain themselves. They also argue that descendants of slaves born after the passage of an emancipation law should be freed when they reach a certain age. Black people to be freed should be taught a useful occupation and to read the Scriptures. Lastly, a law should be passed prohibiting within the state “the inhuman practice of separating husbands and wives.”

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