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Brawner, Sarah: Petition, Prince William County

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To the Honorable the Legislature of Virginia The Memorial and Petition of Sarah Brawner, now of the County of Prince William, formerly of the State of Maryland Humbly sheweth That her late Husband John C. Brawner some time in the year 1807 Contracted for a Plantation in the said County of Prince William at a high rent for the ensuing year, with a view of removing his family thereto, but unfortunately died in the fall of the same year, previous to his removal leaving your petitioner a widow with eight Children six of them Females & the greater part of them very young; In this Situation your Petitioner found herself under a necessity of removing, in conformity to the contract of her husband, to Virginia leaving behind her a Negro boy named Anthony now about the age of Eighteen years, whose services in aiding her in the support of her numerous & helpless family would be to her of the utmost importance could she be permitted to bring him from Maryland, where he is to her of little value, to Virginia, where she has only the assistance of one Slave, a small Negro Girl. Your Petitioner therefore humbly prays that your Honorable body will take into consideration her peculiar situation & grant her by a Law for that purpose permission to bring the aforesaid Slave from Maryland to this Commonwealth and your Petitioner will ever pray Y&c [etc.]. Sarah her x mark Brawner

I can & hereby do certify that from my own knowledge the Circumstances respecting the death of Mr. Brawner & the removal of Mrs. Brawner in the above petition alluded to are correctly stated, the contract for a plantation having been entered into between the said