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Gee, James S.: Petition, Petersburg

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To the General Assembly of Virginia Your petitioner James S. Gee begs leave to represent; that some years since Judith Angus of the Town of Petersburg, a free woman of color, died possessed of some real and personal estate, a part of which personal estate consisted of slaves two of which were nearly related to her George Angus and Henry Angus, the one being her son and the other her Grandson. She made a will, which was not properly attested, bearing date 26th June 1832, which will is void in law, and she gave these slaves their freedom dependant on certain events which be seen by an inspection of the copy of the will herewith enclosed; she begs leave further to represent that your Petitioner qualified as Admr [Administrator] of the said Judith Augus being a creditor; That he has paid all the debts due from the estate of Judith Augus and there are funds in hand sufficient to carry the three remaining, slaves George Augus, Henry Augus, and an old woman named Judith beyond the limits of the State[.] Your petitioner further states that there are no heirs of the said Judith Augus known to him nor does he believe that there are any who will ever appear to claim her estate. She therefore prays The General Assembly to emancipate the persons heretofore named George Augus, Henry Augus & Judy on such terms as shall be deemed advisable as the Commonwealth alone is interested in them[.] James S Gee adm. of Judith Augus dcd [deceased]