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Thorowgood, William: Petition, Princess Anne County

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To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the General Assembly The Petition of William Thorowgood Executor of Thomas Scarborough Thorowgood deceased: Humbly Sheweth That some time in the month of April or May in the year 1776 an Order was made by the Committee of Safety and sent by them to the Commanding Officer of the State Troops then stationed at Kempesville for the removal of the Inhabitants of the County of Princess Anne and that such as did not immediately comply with the aforesaid order all their Male Negroes should be apprehended and conveyed to the Guard House at the Great Bridge in the County of Norfolk, and before the Inhabitants could have time to procure proper places for themselves and Families to [illegible] that a party of said Troops came to his House and took away a certain Negro Fellow by the name of George the property of the aforesaid Thomas, and that he was conveyed to the Guard House at the Great Bridge, and upon application made by your Petitioner to the Officer commanding the aforesaid party for the aforesaid Negro (George.) he was answered that unless he would become security that he would not go to Dunmore he could not get him, and that upon his refusal the Negroe was still detained in consequence whereof the said Thomas was intirely deprived of his property as the said George was never returned or any account given of him. Therefore your Petitioner humbly hopes that your Honourable Body will take the same into your serious consideration and put him as Executor aforesaid in the same situation for the loss of the said Negroe as for those taking from are condemning to Death for Felony as he conceives that the said Negroe was taken by the then supreme power of the State. And your Petitioner as in Duty bound will ever pray