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David, Cloe, Lotty, & Daniel: Petition, Princess Anne County

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To the Honorable the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia The Petition of David, Cloe, Letty and Daniel free black people of the County of Princess Anne and Commonwealth aforesaid. Humbly sheweth that your Petitioners were formerly the slaves of one Emanuel Fentress of said County, who died in the month of April in the year Eighteen hundred and twelve without issues, he having never been married. That from the honesty, fidelity and good conduct of your Petitioners towards their sd.[said] master, he was induced by his last Will and testament in writing duly executed by him to emancipate and set your Petitioners free, and also to give and devise to your Petitioners Cloe, Letty and Daniel all his property both real and personal to them and their heirs for ever, as by an attested copy of said Will herewith sent as part of this their petition will more fully appear. That their late master, the said Emanuel Fentress at the time of his death was seized and possessed in fee simple of a small Tract of Land in the afores[ai]d County, and also of sundry Articles of personal property, all of which were included and comprised in the Gift and Devise to your Petitioners Cloe, Letty and Daniel as above mentioned. That since the death of the said Emanuel Fentress your Petitioner David hath intermarried with your petitioner Cloe, and hath thereby become