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Jackson, Nelson: Petition, Fauquier County

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To the Honorable the Senate and House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia in General Assembly met Your memorialist Nelson Jackson a free man of colour in the County Fauquier in the state of Virginia most respectfully petitioning your Honorable body to grant him the privilege of residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia (or in the the county of Fauquier aforesaid) under such provisions and limitations as your honorable body shall prescribe and in support of his position most respectfully refers your Honorable body to the evidence here annexed and your petitioner will pray &c Nelson Jackson I Charles M Gibson of the county of Fauquier in the state of Virginia hereby certify that in the year 1827 I purchased and became owner of Nelson Jackson who was then a slave for life he came to me under the character of an honest industrious slave and well calculated to render valuable service as a servant. I was not disappointed Nelson proved himself Trust Worthy and capable so much so that in the year 1838 I entrusted him with a Waggon and team destined for service in Florida the place of destination being distant about nine hundred miles in performance of this trust Nelson on his part gave full satisfaction. Whilst in Florida Nelson engaged himself and Team in the service of the United States to transport Government stores from Tallahassa in Florida to a point distant some twenty miles, two white men George A Blackmore and Abram Guess teamsters loaded and started at the same time destined to the same point on the Road to the place of destination those three teamsters were attacked by a large number of hostile