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Woodson, Edward: Petition, Powhatan County

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To the Honourable the General Assembly of Virginia: The humble petition of Edward Woodson respectfully sheweth: That your petitioner the said Edward Woodson, formerly the slave of Major Fredrick Woodson of Powhatan was in consideration of his trusty and faithful services emancipated by his late Master, by deed of Emancipation bearing date the 17th day of November in the year 1813, and of Record in the county court of Powhatan: that since that time your petitioner in Obedience to the law in such case made & provided has removed from the state of Virginia, has been a resident of the District of Columbia, and subsequently of the State of Kentucky, where he now resides: that your petitioner feeling that strong attachment for the place of his birth, which even the enjoyment of freedom in a foreign state, can not wholly extinguish, humble entreats the honorable the General Assembly of Virginia, that in consideration of his past fidelity & faithful services to his late master, of his attachment to his country, of the weighty and respectable recommendations to the honourable the General Assembly made on his behalf by the Undersigned free holders of