Source: General Assembly Session Records. November - December 1819. Box 3. To the Honorable The General Assembly of North Carolina The Petition of Rebecca NEWKIRK Wife of Alexander NEWKIRK of the County of Duplin Humbly sheweth That circumstances which in themselves are too painful for her to recount have driven her to this dernier resort praying that a law may be at your present Session securing to her such property and effects as she may hereafter acquire in such manner as will effectually prevent such property and Effects being subject or liable to the discharge or payment of any Debt heretofore contracted or that may be hereafter contracted by her said Husband Alexander NEWKIRK. Your Petitioner though it wounds her very soul begs leave to state that when and at the time of her intermarrying with her said Husband she was worth and in possession of a Good Property consisting of Land and Negroes the whole of which has since been sold to discharge her said Husband's Debts, leaving a great amount yet unpayed & leaving your Petitioner with Three infant children reduced to poverty and Wretchedness. While your Petitioner thus entreats The Benevolence of the General Assembly as aforesaid she most honestly declares that should she hereafter find herself able to discharge her said Husband's Debts without sacrificing her property or materially lessening the indispensible comforts of her family that she will pay and discharge them justly and honestly. And your Petitioner is in duty bound will pray. December 1819. Rebecca ( her X mark) NEWKIRK We the undersigned beg leave to add our Names and influence in the behalf of the above Petitioner being sattisfied that her prayer ought to be granted, and we do moreover request the Honbl. Members from Duplin to use their influence in effecting the same. December 3rd, 1819. Joseph T. RHODES John E. HUSSEY Nathan WALLER JP Nicholas HALL JP Abraham HALL Robert SOUTHERLAND David SOUTHERLAND Sam'l STANFORD Edw'd PEARSALL JP Petition of Rebecca NEWKIRK of Duplin County In Senate Dec. 13th, 1819. Read and refered to the Committee of Propositions & Grievences By Order. Rob't WILLIAMS, CS In H. Commons 14th Decem'r 1819. Read and postponed indefinitely. By Order HENDERSON, C.H.C.
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