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Minton, Harrison: Petition, Nansemond County

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To the Hono [Honorable] the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia The petition of Harrison Minton a Free man of colour, humbly & respectfully represents that he was the slave of Colonel John Minton of Nansemond County, who is now dead, & who by his last will & testament duly admitted to probat in the county court of Nansemond County, emancipated your petitioner in consideration of faithful services rendered to his late master. Your petitioner further represents that he is by profession a barber, & is able to sustain himself by this labour and he prays of your honorable body permission to remain in the State (with his friends & relatives who are slaves) as a free person of colour, until such time as the policy of the State may require the removal from her borders of all Free persons of colour