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White, Frankey: Petition, Prince George County

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Your Petitioner humbly prays of your honorable body, To permit her and her infant child to remain in the State of Virginia faithfully promissing that she will conduct herself agre[e]ably to the Laws of the State and demean herself in a manner that shall be satisfactory to everyone. And with a hope that your Honorable body will listen to her appeal and grant her humble request upon the accomplishment of which so much of her happiness depends. She will every pray &c. Frankey her X mark White

We whose names are hereunto subscribing do hereby certify that we have known the within named Frankey White for many years & that we have always believed her to be a correct & faithful slave whilst she was one & as far as our knowledge extends has been peacible & well behaved since she has been free. Joshua Poythress Nathan Godfrey George Blunt Christr. Proctor Henry. F. Harding Francis Dawson John Rich Saml. Perkins Edwd. Corner William Rollins James Minson William [illegible] [illegible] Jones Patrick Durkin John Walker Mark Davis John Breulis

To Whom it May Concern This is to certify that Frankey White the bearer of this (who is of a light complexion about five feet one inch in height, has a mole on the right side of her nose & is about forty years of age) bought herself & child Emily Jane who accompanies her (which child is of a dark complexion & four years of age) from their lawful Master Stephen Jackson of Petersburg, & paid the full amount of the purchase money through [illegible] hands for which she has receipts to shew and is justly entitled to her freedom in any state that the Laws will allow emancipation, as it is not allowed in this State (Virginia) she is compelled to leave it to obtain her freedom, and the authorities of New York (Where she intends going) will be perfectly justifiable in granting her such papers or certificates as well secure to her the freedom of herself and above named child Emily Jane. Given under my hand in the County of Prince George and State of Virginia this 31st day of May in the year of our lord 1830[.] Horatio Moore Witness Henry C. Avery

County of Prince George State of Virginia } To Wit Horatio Moore personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace for said County and acknowledged the above certificate to be his act and deed and I do hereby certify that full faith & credit may be given to his Statement. Given under my hand this 31st May AD 1830[.] Benjamin Cocke J. P. Petersburg 13th October 1829. Received of Capt Horatio Moore the sum of Sixty Dollars, it being the balance due for a negro woman named Franky & her child named Jane[.] Warrant and forever defend against the Claim or claims of myself & heirs, and all the persons, whatsoever, as witness my hand the day & date above[.] S. M. Jackson (Seal) Teste Allen P. Lee, Arthur W. Williamson