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Depp, Abraham: Petition, Powhatan County

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To the Honourable, the General Assembly of Virginia. Your Petitioner Abraham Depp a Free Man of Colour residing in the County of Powhatan respectfully represents that his late master Jno: Depp Esquire by an instrument of writing bearing date the 1st day of March 1801. and admitted to record in the County Court of Powhatan on the 18th day of the same month (an office copy of which is herewith exhibited) emancipated your Petitioner with several other of his slaves to take effect after the death of the said Jno. Depp. That this instrument of writing was executed by him and admitted to record in the full and confident belief on the part of the said Depp, that he had made a good and valid Deed of emancipation in favour of your Petitioner and others agreeably to the requisition of the Act of Assembly upon that subject. That the said Depp departed this life some time in the month of [blank] 1829 after making and publishing his last Will and Testament which has also been duly proven and recorded in the County Court of Powhatan, a Copy of which is also exhibited herewith, by which said last Will and Testament the sd [said] Depp emancipated and set free your Petitioner to take effect immediately upon his death, and devised and bequeathed to him a handsome little estate, consisting of both land and negroes and other personal property[.] That the instrument of writing first above mentioned, purporting