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Record number 000369008
Title Webb, Jane : Freedom Suit
Date Issued 1723
Description Freedom suits are lawsuits initiated by enslaved people seeking to gain their freedom. These suits are found in both chancery causes and judgments. Predominant documents found in freedom suits include petitions, records of previous court cases, depositions, and affidavits. They record the enslaved person's arguments for freedom, acquisition of enslaved people by enslavers, ancestry of enslaved people, and relationships between enslaved people and enslavers. Enslaved people filed freedom suits based on the following: they were descendant(s) of a free female ancestor, occasionally a Native American; failure of enslaver(s) to abide by the 1778 slave nonimportation act; or claimed to have been freed by ensalver(s) by deed of emancipation or last will and testament.
Notes Original filenames: 7532874_0001_0012_0001-0008
Includes a full-text searchable transcription generated by the Library of Virginia's crowdsourced transcription site, Making History - Transcribe.
Coverage Northampton County
Rights There are no restrictions.
Finding Aids
Is Part Of Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative
Cite As [title], [date of original], Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative Digital Collection, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va.
Source Northampton County (Va.) Judgments (Freedom Suits), 1723-1845
Type Freedom Suit
Type Judgment
pid 1188974

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