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Barbara: Freedom Suit, Isle Of Wight County (Part 1 of 4)

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To the Honorable Richard H Baker Judge of the Circuit Superior Court of Law & Chancery holden for the County of Isle of Wight The Petition of Barbara for herself and her seven children to wit Lucy Ann, Jim, Pocahontas Solomon, Anaka and Lewis and Isham, Tempe, Amelia Ann, Elizabeth Virginia and Rufus persons of Colour respectfully represents that they are illegally detained as slaves in the said County in the possession of Jeremiah Delk exor of Dawson Warren. The material facts of their case are as follows, that Doct Dawson Warren departed this life sometime since leaving a will in which he emancipated or designed to emancipate the said Barbara and her seven children and Isham, and such of the residue of said persons of Colour as may belong to him upon a Division. That the detention of said persons of Colour, your petitioner is not occasioned by any necessity to detain them for the payment of debts of said D Warren decd. Upon these facts your petitioners conceive they have good cause of action against the said Jeremiah Delk Exor. as aforesaid and they pray the Court to assign them Counsel to prosecute their suit, and to take such further order on the premisis as may be right and proper[.] Isle of Wight County This day Joseph Alexander personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace for the County aforesaid and made oath that he verily believes the foregoing petition states truly the material facts of the case. Given under my hand this 16th day 1850 Archd. Atkinson JP The Petition of Barbara and others Persons of Colour complaining that they are illegally detained as slaves in the said County of Isle of Wight in the possession of Jeremiah Delk Exor of Dawson Warren decd was this day presented to the Court, and upon the inspection of said petition and of the affidavit thereto subjoined, the Court doth assign Robert H Whitfield and Josef Graves as Counsel to the Complts to prosecute