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Wood, Jacob & Celia: Petition, Scott County

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To the honorable [illegible] Senate & house of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Virginia at Richmond assembled; the undersigned your petitioners living in Scott County humbly represent to your Honourable body; that Jacob Wood a free man of colour and Celia his wife a free woman of Colour are now residents of the said County that they were manumitted by Henry Wood of Said County by deed of Record in the Clerks office of Said County on the 12th day of October 1831 that the Said Jacob is upwards of 46 years of age & his wife Celia upwards of 51 years of age; the Said Celia has had nine children all of whom are Slaves the Said Jacob by his Industry and honesty contracted with and Purchased his freedom and his wifes (wives) from the aforesaid Henry Wood and they are now desirous of remaining in the neighborhood with their children your Petitioners further State that there are but few Slaves in the County of Scott & very few free negroes; Your Petitioners therefore cannot believe from their knowledge of the character of the Said Jacob Wood & Celia that any Inconvenience would Result from the Passage of an act by your honourable Body for their benefit The premises considered the Prayer of your Petitioners is that your honorable body will pass an act permitting them to remain in the County of Scott by giving security at the pleasur (pleasure) of the Court thereof and your Petitioners will