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To the Hon L.T. Freeman Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit or to any other Circuit Judge. Humbly complaining sheweth unto your Honor, Your orator Edmund Parsons of the City of Williamsburg, a free person of color, the following case. Your orator was born a slave and the property of one Robert Saunders the elder. At his death your orator became the property of his son and sole heir, the late Robert Saunders the younger and continued his property until the close of the late war when your orator became and is now a free man. Your orator further represents, that in the year 1837 with the permission of his then Master he was married to one Margrett Moss, sometimes called Peggy Moss, a free person of color and then residing in the City of Norfolk. Your orator files herewith the permission in writing of his then master Robert Saunders to go to the City of Norfolk for the purpose of being married and your orator further represents his marriage was solemnized with as much legal form as was then practicable under the laws of Virginia Your orator now sheweth, that the said Margarett or Peggy Moss was in the lifetime of one Thomas Griffin, his property, but that in the year 1836, the said Thomas Griffin departed this life leaving a last will and Testament, which on the 4th day of November in the year 1836 was duly proved in and admitted to record by the Circuit Superior Court of law and Chancery for the County of York. A certified copy of said will is herewith filed