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Catlett, Mary M.: Petition, King William County

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To the Honourable the Legislature of Virginia the memorial and petition of Mary M. Catlet widow of Saml James Catlet respectfully represents that your memorialist is a native of the County of King William and State of Virginia, in which state she has constantly resided; your memorialist further states that about the year 1797, one Ann Rains a relation of her Deceased Husband having first made and published her last will and testament in [writing?] by which she gave to your memorialist Husband sundry slaves in the said will named during his life--a certified copy of which will is hereto annexed and referred to, that your memorialist continued in possession of the said slaves and resided with them in the state of Virginia untill about the month of April in the year 1802, when your memorialist Husband went on a visit to his Brother residing in the state of Georgia, and being a single man without a Family your memorialists Husband took the said slaves to wit, Will, Richard, Collin, George, Anthony, Ester, Pheby, Molly, Nancy, Patty, Grace, Clara, Lavinia and two children unnamed the increase of Molly & Pheby, removed with him to the state of Georgia, but with the express intention of bringing them back, should he not permenantly [permanently] settle in the said state. That your memorialists said husband, after a residence of about three years with his brother in that state finding it would not be to his interest to settle permenantly [permanently] there returned to this state in the month of June, in the year 1805, and determined to make his permenant [permanent] residence here. The said slaves at the time your memorialist left the state of Georgia were in the possession of his brother