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The Having of Negroes Is Become a BurdenThe Quaker Struggle to Free Slaves in Revolutionary North Carolina$
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Michael Crawford

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034706

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034706.001.0001

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Thomas Newby's Petition to Free His Slave Hannah

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The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden

Michael J. Crawford

University Press of Florida

Thomas Newby filed a petition to the county court for permission to free a slave called Hannah as she had “grown old.” The terms of the 1776 manumission and the circumstances of the 1777 petition to free the superannuated slave Hannah suggest that by seeking to free Hannah he may have sought to relieve himself of the obligation of supporting an elderly woman and he was not deriving economic benefit from freeing his slaves. Although the court denied Newby's petition, he did give Hannah her freedom, for she appears in a list of emancipated blacks who were later seized and sold by order of the county court.

Keywords:   Thomas Newby, Hannah, manumission, economic benefit, emancipated blacks, Newby's petition, freedom

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