Legislative Petitions Digital Collection (1776-1865)
(Library of Virginia) - Petitions addressed public
improvements, military claims, divorce, manumission of slaves, division of
counties, incorporation of towns, religious freedom, and taxation, among other
concerns. Frequently, the petitions contain supplementary support documents
useful in research, including maps, wills, naturalizations, deeds, resolutions,
affidavits, judgments, and other items. The right to petition was not restricted
by class, race, or sex; as a result, women, free blacks, and slaves petitioned
the General Assembly.
and Slavery Petitions Project/University of North Carolina) - A database of
detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of
color obtained from petitions to southern legislatures and country courts in the
fifteen slaveholding states in the United States and the District of Columbia.