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Jackson, Nelson: Petition, Fauquier County

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We the undersigned Citizens of Fauquier County herby [hereby] certify that we are well acquainted with Nelson Jackson as well as with Mr. Blackmore and his unfortunate end as stated. We willingly and earnestly concur in the memorial hereto annexed we are willing that Nelson Jackson may be permitted to live among us he wishes to remain with his children they are slaves and his acquaintances and friends and not be driven to a land of Strangers. Newton S. Bowie B. R. Bandford W. G. Bettle G. W. Ashby Toliver Stenson Wm M Taliaferro Sam Evans Wm Emd Smith Peter W Adams Wm Strother Th. Ambler Eli Anderson L. S. Carter G. T. Wallace N. W. [Rogers?] M W Brooke W. C. Stribting George Board Thos. W. Brent [second column] A. G. Green R. P. Jamison Alfred Cable John Bowie Chas C Slanker Geo. Jackson Abner Parmer John Adams Daniel Feagans Thomas John Benjamin T Bradford Rbt. M. Stribling John A Dawson Geo T. Adams Abel [Gourley?] J. A. Royster T.W. Ashby [written between columns, vertically] John Marshall Dec. 6th 1844 ref d to 6th J 15 Rejected [written vertically on right side of page] 15 Petition of Nelson Jackson, free man of color, praying the passage of an act of Assembly desiring him to stay in the State of Va.