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Hambleton, Swan: Petition, Lee County

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that privilege. And as in Humble duty your petitioner will ever pray &c [etc.]. Swan Hambleton

Lee County to wit, This day Thomas Blakemore came before the undersigned a justice of the peace for said County. & made Oath that the petitioner Swan Hambleton & his wife have always preserved honest orderly character. That he was present at the house the petitioner arrived at with the children he had valiantly rescued from the Indians when they attacked the Old fort on Clinch, & killed & made Captive several of his then Masters family & others. Mr. Hamblen his Master was present and witnessed the fidelity and valor of the said petitioner and always spoke of his conduct with great sensibility & regard. This Affiant still lives in the neighborhood of the petitioner who since his emancipation still maintains his usual orderly and good character. This Affiant fully believes all the statements of his said petition to be strictly true. Given under my hand this 20th day of November 1821. Claiborne Anderson

Lee County to wit, This day Charles Hamblen came before the undersigned a justice of the peace for said County & made Oath that he was one of the children, then about thirteen years of age, rescued by the negro salve then owned by his father. And that his statement of that affair in his petition is substantially true only not represented in character sufficiently honorable to the petitioner. This Affiant perfectly recollects that two indians pursued this petitioner with this affiant and the other child in his care. and were frequently with tomahawks & knives drawn within ten steps of them, when the petitioner would urge the children on, & turn & beat them back with his boucher knife untill he got us to a house & saved us. The petitioner has since and his wife always preserved honest orderly characters. Given under my hand this 20th day of November 1821. Claiborne Anderson

Lee County to wit: This day John Skidmore came before the undersigned