Harding, John J.: Petition, Loudoun County
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To the Honble [Honorable] the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The petition of John J. Harding a citizen of the Commonwealth Virginia and resident of the town of Leesburg in the County of Loudoun humble sheweth that your Petitioner has by intermarriage on the 24th of May 1810 with Dorcas Davis daughter and legatee of Richard Davis of the county of Montgomery and state of Maryland who died in the year 1805 became entitled to the following slaves viz Henny a female of the age of twenty seven years and her five children named Horrace, Mahaley, Horatia, Hillery, and Emily, also Nancy and her child [Sarah? Garah?] and James, that the said slaves were brought apin the family of the said Richard Davis, until his death, as aforesaid and afterwards removed with their mistress to the house of her uncle, by whom she was educated, and with whom she lived until her intermarriage, with your petitioner, as aforesaid. That the said slaves are attached to one another, and to their mistress, and she having removed to the commonwealth, are desirous of accompanying her [thither?]. And you petitioner humbly prays that he may be authorized by a special act to bring the slaves into this commonwealth and that his title there to may not be impaired or annulled, by any existing statute. And your Petitioner as in duty bound will forever pray &c [etc.]. John J Harding November 28th 1810