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Billy; Edith; Nancy; Dick; & Others: Petition, Prince George County

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To the General Assembly of Virginia Your Petitioners Billy, Edith, Nancy, Dick, Grandison, Davy, Harriett, Mary, Benjamin and William beg leave respectfully to represent to your Honorable body, that by the will of James Barr formerly of the County of Prince George duly proved and admitted to record in the clerk's office of said county; they were all emancipated; and it was made the duty of the Executor of the said will; if your Petitioners could lawfully remain in this state to purchase a peice [piece] of land for each of [the said?] Petitioners equal in value to one hundred dollars each and if they could not lawfully remain in this state that her said Executor should remove them to some other state where they might be free and purchase a peice of land for each of your Petitioners of the aforesaid value of one hundred dollars[.] They have been informed that by a law in force in this State at the time the will of Mrs Barr was admitted to record that if persons emancipated should remain in this state twelve months from the date of the deed of emancipation it became the duty of the overseers of the poor to have them sold as slaves[.] Your Petitioners being apprised of this in order to enjoy the inappreciable blessing their former indulgent owner wished to bestow on them have brought their case before that body who can give them this privilege, that of liberty