Leftwich, Watt : Petition to Remain in the Commonwealth, Grayson County
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By an order of this court made at the last December term of this court, all the acting justices of this court were summoned to attend here on this day to consider an application made by & in behalf of Watt, otherwise called Watt Leftwich, a negro, formerly the slave of Ellis Leftwich deceased, but emancipated by the will of said Ellis Leftwich for permission to remain in this county as a free man; & it appearing that all the acting justices of this county were so summoned, on this day the following justices -to wit- Samuel Fulton, Alexander Atkins, Lewis Cox, Creed Nucholls, Hardin Cox, Thompson Roberts, Alexander Phyms, Shadrack Green & Fielden Young, Justices of this court, they being majority of the acting justices of this court, [attended?] for the purpose of considering the said application - and there upon the said Watt Leftwich made his application for permission to remain in Grayson County as a free man of color - & the attorney for the commonwealth being present in court & it appearing that notice of this application was posted at the door of the court house of this county for two months immediately preceding this day, & the said applicant having produced satisfactory proof of his being of good character, sober, peaceable, orderly & industrious it is the opinion of the court that permission ought to be granted to the said applicant, Watt Leftwich, to remain in this county, & such permission is accordingly granted him - all of the justices aforesaid voting in favor of granting such permission