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Citizens: Petition, Pendleton County

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Wr Pendleton Cty Strait Creek Nov. the 20th day 1833 Mr. Thomas James Sr. in Relation to my Fathers Will in the Item Respecting a Colour'd woman named Jude which was to Remain a Slave and serve my step mother Jane Gun faithfully so long as she liv'd and at her Deceast the said Jude was to be a Free Woman and to live with me, my step mother Jane Gun or in other words the said Jude's mistress is now Deceast and in compliance to that part of the Will as in every other part I granted and also wish'ed the said Jude to come and live with me but she has Refus'd to do so by declaring she would not but wishes to be continued in the state of Virginia on the old plantation of my Fathers and to live with my step Brothers and is further partitioning the legislature for a grant of the same. And to acquaint you with my desire I do say that I am altogether and entirely oppos'd to the said Jude geting any such grant that on the contrary I wish her to be dealt by as the law directly or upon no terms to be continued within the limits of the state of Virginia Mary Seybert