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Petition to the will of Zephaniah Kingsley

Petition to the will of Zephaniah Kingsley Page 10

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Page 10 ine Jai Kingsley, George Kingsley, John Maxwell Kingsley, Flora Kingsley, Sarah M Kingsley and Micanopy were and each and every of them was and continued to be a slave of the said Zephaniah Kingsley until the time of his death as aforesaid: And that they and each of them were therefore wholly incapable of taking and could not take any devise or bequest under the said supposed Last will and Testament if the said Zephaniah Kingsley deceased, or otherwise: and that they were and each of them was and is for that cause alone incapable of taking or holding in their own right or in the right of either of them any property whatever in this Territory [unless] they, the said Anna Madgigne Jai Kingsley, George Kingsley John Maxwell Kingsley, Flora Kingsley, Sarah M Kingsley and Micanopy obtained their freedom by their said removal to [Haiti] as aforesaid: But your Petitioners are advised and believe that they could not and did not, and that neither of them did or could so obtain his or her free- -dom by such removal to Haiti as to enable him or her, or any, or either of them to take any property or interest by devise or bequest made the said supposed Last will and Testament of the said Zephaniah Kings- -ly deceased, and that their inability and incapacity thus to take property in this Territory by devise or bequest was in no way removed or lessened by their said removal to Hayti, but continued and still continues, the same since as it was before their said removal. And your Petitioners further shew unto your Honor that they are informed and believe that the said Anna Madgigne Jai Kingsley, George Kingsley, John Maxwell Kingsley, Flora Kingsley, Sarah M. Kingsley, and Micanopy: although they were slaves of the said Zephaniah Kingsley as aforesaid at the time they went to Hayti as aforesaid were not forced or compelled by the said Zephaniah Kingsley to leave this Territory, or to go to [Haiti] as aforesaid, but that they and each of them went there voluntarily and of his or her own free will