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

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I Thomas D Watson, of Petersburg was well, and long, acquainted with Thomas Walden a free man of color, a carpenter by trade, he was a was a remarkably well behaved Industrious man, and maintained his family in much more comfort, than people of his color and grade in Life, he seemed to be much attached to his family the Petitioners, and there can be no rational doubt, but that if he had not been cut off so sud[d]enly, and and unexpectedly for he said not a word after [seeing?] the mortal blow, that he would have given the hard earnings of his Industry to his family (indeed none who know his kindness towards them) can doubt for a moment; as an evidence of his intent for them, he some short time before his death, applied to this affiant to sell him a Lot, in that part of the Town called Blandford where they both Lived, alledging that his Intention was, to Build a House, upon it for each of his daughters, the Petitioners, stating (that then) he [could?] [rescue?] the one he then owned, and Lived on, for himself & wife, this affiant lived for many years. Very near them, and had always supposed untill his death, that he had been lawfully married, he understands he gave about $300 for the lot he lived upon, and owned a small tract of Land in Dinwiddie County. upon the marriage of one of one of the Petitioners his daughter, the Ceremony was performed, but the Revd Mr [Luenwith?] a highly respectable minister of this Town, and the Ceremony attended by several respectable white persons male and female, this [illegible] statement is made merely to shew the very respectable standing of Walden & his family. Thos D Watson