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Munford, Nancy; Armistead, Elizabeth; & Walden, Catherine: Petition, Petersburg

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I Beverley Drinkard of the Town of Petersburg- hereby certify, that I was for many years acquainted with Thomas Walden a free man of color a carpenter by trade he was to the time of his being killed, a resident of that part of the Town called Blandford, where he (with the petitioners his wife and children) had lived for several years. he was a remarkably decent well behaved man and lived much better, than people of his grade generally (being a carpenter myself) and often undertaking large jobs of work, I had occasions to employ him upon several occasions to assist me; He seemed to live on the most affectionate terms with his family, and always as I believe recognized the Petitioners in all respects as such, nor did I know that he was not married, untill [save?] his death, James [illegible] sure (had he not been so suddenly killed, for I hear he did not speak (after he received the mortal blow) that he would have made his will and given his property to the Petitioners. I am further of opinion, that the Petitioners are in all respects entitled to the Humane Considerations of the Legislature. Given under my hand this 10th day of January 1847. Beverly Drinkard I fully concur in the above Thos Jordan Mackey McCann