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[Petition of a free black to become a slave of W.C. Lewis]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06375 Author/Creator: Place Written: Gillespie, Texas Type: Manuscript document Date: 1858/10/04 Pagination: 1 p. 30.5 x 18.9 cm

Summary of Content: Ann Jackson's petition to become the property of W. C. Lewis, signed by her with an "X". The document was based on an Act of the Texas Legislature "Free persons of African descent [may] select their own master and become slaves...." With stamp of Company seal. For related documents see GLC08955, GLC03840, and GLC09123.

Full Transcript: Notice

The State of Texas }
County of Gillespie }
In Conformity with an Act of the Legislature of the State of Texas, passed & approved January 27th 1858, entitled " An Act to permit ...Free persons of African Descent, to select their own Master and become Slaves, - I, A. Erlenmezer, Clerk of the District Court of the County of Gillespie, State aforesaid, do herewith give Notice, that Ann Jackson, a free female of Color has filed her petition in our said Court on the 4th Day of October A. D. 1858; which said Petition reads as follows: to [wit]:
Fort Mason, Texas
Sept. 27th 1858.
I Ann Jackson, being a free female of Color respectfully Petition the Honorable District Court, to choose W. C. Lewis of Mason County, State of Texas, to be my lawful master, In Testimony of which I hereunto attach my Cross in presence of two reliable witnesses.
Ann X Jackson
J. M. [Sween]
J. Cavenass.

Witness my hand & the Seal of said Court
at Fredericksburg, Octob. 4th
A D : 1858.
A. Erlenmezer, C. D. C. G. C.

97.) Notice
Ann Jackson
a free person
of Color

choosing W. C.
Lewis, to be her

filed Nov. 22nd. 1858
A. Erlenmezer
C. D. C. G. C.
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Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Enslaved peopleWoman AuthorWomen's HistoryAfrican American HistorySlaveryFreemenPetitionTexasAmerican West

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery

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