David Lawson, as executor of the will of Payton Sterne, seeks to emancipate three children--Washington, Walter, and Adeline--whose mother was "a colored woman called Milly." Lawson had emancipated Milly, and Sterne, who recently died, provided for the freedom of her children in his will. In his will, a related document attached to the petition, Sterne asked of his executors that "the best of care may be taken in educating" the children with the balance of his property after all debts are paid, and "if any remains after their education to divide it equally between" them.
Result: Referred to committee.
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