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Trout, Robert: Petition, Pocahontas County

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I John Gilliland of Pocahontas County, do certify that I have been acquainted with Robert Trout a free Man of Colour upwards of twenty years. And do believe him to be an honest and industrious man. He is not, nor never has been inclined to stir up mischief among the slaves or others of his Neighbourhood as elsewhere. About six or seven years ago, he purchased himself, from John McNeel his then Master who agreed to execute to him a Deed of Emancipation, so soon as he would pay a sum of money agreed upon between sd. [said] John McNeel & the petitioner Robert Trout, which sum of Money has been paid. And the Deed of Emancipation executed. The term of twelve months allowed by existing Laws for free persons of colour to depart the Commonwealth after the date of their Emancipation will expire sometime in March next. The said Robert Trout, has by industry and economy acquired a considerable property Consisting of the usual stock upon Farms. He has also a crop of Corn - and a crop of