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Craig, Catherine: Petition, Mason County

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To the Legislature of Virginia The petition of Catherine Craig humbly represents that she is a free woman of colour, was born free in Maryland where she resided until she came to Virginia some 10 years ago and that for some years past she has resided in Mason County Va. That she is the wife of William Craig who is a free man of colour, and who under the provisions of the act of 22nd March 1837 has obtained from the County Court of Mason permission to remain in this Commonwealth and reside in said county of Mason, an office copy of the order granting which permission will be annexed hereto as part of this petition. That she would have applied to the same County Court for the same privilege and permission which has been granted to her husband, but has been advised that by a proviso in said act of 22nd March 1837 it does not extend to persons who were not at that date residents of the Commonwealth and so does not embrace her case. She therefore humbly prays that the Legislature will pass an act granting her permission to reside in the Commonwealth and for evidence that she is deserving of such a favor, begs leave to refer to the subjoined recommendation & certificate of character signed by free white citizens of Mason, who residing