Barbara: Petition, Scott County
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To the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Petition of Barbara, and Sarah and Wesley, her children, free persons of colour, humbly represents: That Stephen Osborne, formerly of Scott County, died on the day of 18, having first made a will dated on the day of, which was duly admitted to probate in the County Court of the said County; your petitioner Barbara had, for many years previous to his death, been his slave, and served him with such fidelity and zeal that by the said will he emancipated her and her said children, who were then small. Your petitioner has continued ever since (for a period of about years,) To reside in the said County of Scott; and they have constantly endeavored by a course of industry and honesty, to deserve, and to [acquire?] the respect of the community in which they live - And they believe their efforts have not been unsuccessful. Your petitioner Barbara has acquired some real property, (a house and lot in the Town of [Estillville] and in that neighborhood all their friends and her few relatives reside, and there alone are to be found the objects of her affections. Your petitioner humbly ask that they be permitted to reside in this Commonwealth; and they will [ever] pray, &c Barbara, Sarah Wesley.
We, the undersigned, have known Barbara, and her children Sarah and Wesley for many years and feel it to be but a mere act of justice to say, that they have up to this time, been industrious and honest; that their conduct has ever been such as to entitle them to that