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Baker, Jane: Petition, Prince William County

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To the Honourable the General Assembly of Virginia, The petition of Jane Baker respectfully sheweth, that she is a native of Virginia, that she was late the slave & property of a certain Mary Wallace, of Prince-William county, who by her last will and testament, duly recorded among the records of the said county, directed, that she the said Jane should be free, as soon as she arrived at the age of sixteen, that she the said Mary Wallace died in the year 1809, that she the said Jane is now in her nineteenth year, that since the period of her emancipation, she has been residing in the state of Maryland, in the family of a certain William T. T. Mason, the half brother of her late mistress; that the said William T. T. Mason has lately removed to Loudoun county, in the state of Virginia, that she has become attached to his family, and is anxious to continue with them; she therefore prays your Honourable body to pass a law, permitting her to return to the said family, in the state of Virginia. And your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray &c. Jane [her X mark] Baker

Commonwealth of Virginia, Loudoun county, sc Be it remembered that on this fifth day of December, 1815, personally appears before me the subscriber, a justice of the peace in & for the county of Loudoun aforesaid, William T. T. Mason, and made oath on the holy evangely of Almighty God, that the facts stated in the above petition are true, and further, that the said Jane is a very bright mulatto, and that since she has been residing in in his family, she has supported an uniform, fair, and unexceptionable character. Armistead T. Mason