Petition #11683416


One hundred thirty-nine citizens of Culpeper County inform the court that one Jacob Waynesburg, in the year prior to the filing of their petition, forged freedom papers for two or more slaves, affixing to them the county seal for authenticity. Two of the slaves then committed felonies and made their escape. George W. Jameson, a magistrate, pursued Waynesburg into Maryland, captured him, and brought him back for trial. Jameson incurred substantial expenses. A group of citizens seeks to compensate him for his efforts. A related document reveals that one of the slaves, Oscar Smith, was apprehended in the state of New Jersey, and that the freedom papers he was carrying were determined to be in Waynesburg's handwriting.

Result: Bill drawn.

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Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia