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Slave petition
Marion County, Texas May 1863.
Manuscript document signed, 2 pages.

Agnes Calvin
In the District Court
A free Negro Woman }
Marion County State
Exparte } of
May Term, 1863.
To the Honorable B. W. Gray
Judge of Senior Court
The petition of Agnes Calvin Respectfully that she is a free person of African descent and
a resident of the County of Marion in the State of Texas, having come to said State from the
State of North Carolina on or about the
day of May 1860;
First her petition shows that she is about thirty five years of age and has two female
children, one named Joanna, thirteen years of age, the other named Mary Margrett, nine years of
Further petitions States that she desires to elect or choose a master for herself and said
two children Joanna and Mary Margrett [illegible] to the Statutes in such case made and
provided And to that [inserted: and] petitioner makes choice of J.S.H. Hossack to become her
Master and the Master of said children, a person of good repute and a resident citizen of the
County of Marion aforesaid;
[2] In consideration of these premises petitioner prays that a decree may be made and
entered in this Court Making the said J.S.H. Hossack the Master and owner of your petitioner
And her said two children Joanna and Mary Margrett
And your petitioner as duty bound
will even pray &c
Agnes X Calvin
Signed in the presence of }
. [Himins] }

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