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Boush, Jacob & Toney: Petition, Princess Anne County

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To the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia The petition of the subscribers respectfully shows: That their late master William Boush of the County of Princess Anne departed this life in the month of January 1834 having made his last will and testament a copy of which is hereto annexed. By this will your petitioners are emancipated and an interest in a tract of land is given to them for life, which with slight exertions on their part will furnish them with adequate support. Your petitioners beg leave to state further that they are brothers and upwards of sixty years old; that in the lifetime of their master they served him faithfully and had entire confidence reposed in them. That during the late war when seventeen of his slaves eloped to the British fleet then in sight of his residence your petitioners with the same facility of escape adhered to their master and his service, and they believe that their meritorious conduct on that, as well as on former occasions was the inducement with their master to liberate them. Your petitioners being now so far advanced in years & having a home where they reside, humbly hope that your Honorable body will by law permit them to remain in the Commonwealth. Jacob Boush [X his mark] Toney Boush [X his mark]