Sarah Farmer, the widow of Pleasant Farmer, asks to transport a group of slaves out of the state. When her husband died, she explains, she was left with eight small children, seven slaves, and a tract to land. She now asks to sell the land, and take the slaves "and their increase" to Louisiana, where she has relatives who are "able and willing to afford her any assistance that her circumstances may require." The 1839 last will and testament of the late Pleasant Farmer reveals that he had several other children, supposedly from a previous marriage, to whom he did not leave anything in his will, arguing that he already had given them their share of the inheritance. Another related document reveals that the will was contested by the husband of one of the daughters from the first marriage, but that it was ruled to be valid.
Result: Referred to committee for courts of justice.
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Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia