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Depp, Abraham: Petition, Powhatan County

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We the undersigned neighbours and acquaintances of the late John Depp of the county of Powhatan being informed that the deed of emancipation made by him in the year 1801 and duly recorded in the Clerks office of Powhatan County by which he emancipated his man Abraham, is probably defective, and that the said Abraham cannot safely claim his freedom under it, and continue to reside in the state; And being informed also of the said Abraham's intention to apply to the County Court of Powhatan for permission to reside in said county, do hereby bear our willing testimony in behalf of the said Abraham, as a man of great industry, and punctuality in business, being sober, industrious and honest in all his transactions as far as we know or believe: and if his general acquaintance and standing in the county did not make such declaration unnecessary, we would not hesitate to say that he is a sterling example of respectability for a man of colour; and that no person of colour in the county stands higher. We therefore heartily unite in the expression of our wish that he may be permitted to reside in the County. Wade W. Wooldridge Stephen Branch John W. Faudree Elisha Faudree Arthur Farley Jno F. Archer George B Davis John Maxey Jr H. W. Watkins W. R. Moseley Ro. M. Moseley Arthur Moseley John Pemberton Sr James [Turnley?] J P Spencer Joab Maxey John Randolph Geo [R R? h h?] Porter Thomas Porter Thomas Harris Th Hobson Jabez Watkins Benjamin Watkins Abner Smith Thomas Forsee Leroy Hopkins Ezekiel Perkins Thos D Taylor Peter D Guenant Rich'd Merriman Robert N Mosby Wm E Davis