Thornton, William: Petition, Sussex County
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William Thornton executor of William Wynn dec'd. late of the County of Sussex. Begs leave to represent to the General Assembly of Virginia that his testator by his last will and testament which is of record in the Clerks office of Sussex County Court devised that his negro man Charles, should be liberated after a certain term of years, which said term has now expired.
Therefore your petitioner prays the passage of an act of the General Assembly allowing the said Charles to remain in this Commonwealth as a freeman. Charles is about forty four years of age, has a wife and six children living in the County of Sussex; your petitioner has been acquainted with Charles for twenty years, or upwards, and believe him to be a negro of strick honour, and one that has always supported a good character. Charles is an intelligent negro, that behaves himself well and is humble and respectful. - Jan 6th 1831 Wm. Thornton, Exr. of Wm. Wynn dec'd.
We whose names are hereto annexed are well acquainted with the above named Charles, and altho, we are opposed to that Class of people remaining amongst us, yet from the extraordinary merit of Charles we should be glad that the Legislature would pass a Law allowing him to remain in this Commonwealth as a freeman. Wm. E. Rivers James Dillard Sam'l. Raines Robt. [T? Fry?] Jesse Hargrave Jos. Clanton Henry Pittway Wm. P. Wyche William Wynn