Petition #11279104


Barbara Hill, the widow of slaveholder James Hill, bought a 246-acre tract in 1785 from the state with certificates issued to veterans of the American Revolution; the land had been purchased by her husband from William McClennan but was included in property owned by McClennan that was confiscated and sold at auction after McClennan fled to Europe during the Revolution. After repurchasing the land with the certificates, Barbara Hill states, she was sued by the other heirs of James Hill, who successfully recovered the land "by due course of law." The widow asks that the "Certificates" she used to buy the land and now deposited in the Public Treasury be returned to her with interest or that "equitable retribution be made to your petitioner."

Result: Committee report: petitioner "entitled to relief".

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Repository: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina