Winney: Petition, Preston County
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We the Subscribers having lived close Neighbors to the aforesaid Aaron Royse deceased and knowing the Black Woman Winney for many years & her Particular Attention to the aforesaid Aaron Royse Deceased & that She is every qualified to make a useful Honest Industrious and Virtuous Citizen to best of Our knowledge and firm belief Do pray that the Prayer of the foregoing Petition may be granted. Richard Postlethwart Wm G. Payne Resident of Monongalia County Philip Martin Malin Pugh Peter Dewett Sr James Methine Benjn. Shan Abraham Elliott Samuel Deweese Jno V Chutter John Martin George Y Siport Daniel Martin Elisha Hagan Nathan Metheny Jr Daniel Metheny James Gibbson
Joseph Miller Daneil [Soverson?] Isaac Martin John Metheny John Leusman George Wall Nathan Sypole Robert Gorman John Sorman Jacob Wolf Chris Staphese [Geo? Levis?] Gibson [illegible] [illegible] Jacob Teats William Wilson Daniel Smawley William Harned Samuel Wolf John Foreman Henry Everly
Elijah R Handesty John Sloan [illegible] [illegible] Diniel Nealy John Starling Richard Foreman Will Douglass Samuel Husher Benjamin Liston Philip Starling David [illegible] Jacob Moss Benjamin [illegible] Jonathan Smith John Listin Jacob Crane
Black Winneys Petition (her friend Moses Royse) to the General Assembly of Virginia Decr. 28th 1818 refd. to Cts. of J. [referred to Courts of Justice] Reasonable Jany 13 1819 Bill drawn