Petition #20783612


William Freeman [alias Nat] claims that he is a free man of color, a matter of record on file in Virginia and Cincinnati. He has been working on steamboats, but four weeks ago in New Orleans he was seized as a slave and claimed by Charles Anderson, "who is reputed to be a gambler." He further asserts that his attested copy of the Virginia record of his freedom was then "taken from him and torn in pieces before his eyes." Anderson sold him to James Long, who took him to Louisville, where he ran away. He was recaptured and is now in jail. He asks that the defendants be restrained from removing him until he can send to Virginia and get proof of his free status.

Result: Dismissed.

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Repository: Kentucky Division of Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, Kentucky