Edward S. Acree, the guardian of Pyke M., Enoch M., and Mary E. Clayton, minor children of Peter Clayton, who died about 1833, asks that the land or slaves the children inherited from their grandmother, Elizabeth Fox, be sold. The estate of Peter Clayton is insolvent and the only property owned by the children is what was left to them by their grandmother, which is "totally inadequate to their support." The petitioner states that the slaves in the estate consist of Caroline and her two children, who hired out in 1843 for "food and clothing only" and who in a few years will become "chargeable." The land consists of about fifty acres and can rent for only $18 a year. The Overseers of the Poor are unwilling to levy anything to support the children until after the property had been sold, the petitioner states.
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Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia