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Higginbotham, Daniel: Petition, Lynchburg

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To the honorable the speaker and members of the senate and the speaker and members of the house of delegates of Virginia: Your petitioner Daniel a free man of colour and your petitioners, the undersigned citizens of the town of Lynchburg respectfully represent that your petitioner Daniel or as he is more commonly called Daniel Higginbotham, was formerly the slave of Nancy Cousins who departed this life in the year [blank] having first made and published her last will and testament, by which she directed your petitioner to be emancipated from all involuntary servitude. That in pursuance of the will aforesaid, the executor therein named, William Davis Jr executed a deed on the 1st of March 1832, whereby he emancipated your petitioner[.] That on the same day last mentioned, your petitioner was registered in the clerks office of the Hustings Court of the corporation of Lynchburg, pursuant to the law in such case made and provided. All which will appear by a copy of the deed and registration alluded to, which is herewith filed and referred to as a part of this petition. Your petitioner further represents that he has a wife, and is the father of four children all of whom are free born. That your petitioner within a year after the execution of the deed aforesaid removed alone to the state of Ohio, and has been since that time labouring for a support and with a view of obtaining the