Petition to the will of Zephaniah Kingsley

Petition to the will of Zephaniah Kingsley Page 9

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Page 9 American troops in Florida in the years one thousand Eight Hundred and twelve and one thousand Eight Hundred and thirteen or since, but although your Petitioners have deemed it right & proper for them to bring these facts to the notice of this Honorable Court they are not wish to be understood as charging and do not charge the said Kingsley B. Gibbs and Benjamin A Putnam or either of them with any culpable negligence or with any disposition to conceal or hold back the monies or other property of the said Estate; and have only mentioned the facts for the purpose of shewing the magnitude of the said Estate and that a full and complete inventory and account there of may hereafter be made. And your Petitioners further shew unto your Honor that the said Anna Madgigne Jai Kingsley is a negress and that the said George Kingsley, John Maxwell - Kingsley, Flora Kingsley, Sarah M. Kingsley and Micanopy are mulattoes: and that the said Anna Madgigne Jai Kingsley, George Kingsley, John Maxwell Kingsley, Flora Kingsley, Sarah M. Kingsley and Micanopy belonged to, and each and every of them was (as your Petitioners believe and expressly charge) a slave of the said Zephaniah Kingsley (in his life time) and that he the said Zephaniah Kingsley held every and each of them as such slave in the Territory until in or about the month of July in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight Hundred & thirty nine, when he the said Zephaniah Kingsley took or caused them to be taken to [Haiti] an Island without and beyond the limit of this Territory formerly called St. Domingo where they (as your Petitioner are informed and believe) have all and each of them ever since remained and still remain; and that they have not, nor has either returned to the Territory And your Petitioners further shew unto your Honor & expressly charge their belief to be, that the said Anna-Madgig-