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Decision on the Claim of James Franklin of Virginia

FRANKLIN, James  —  a Black  —  Virginia

1st Septemr. 1783

Was freeborn & lived on the Eastern Shore of Virginia at the time of the Rebellion

at this time he had not much property but he had an House & 150 Acres of Land left to him by his father it was near Granock Town,

being asked whether any person knows that he had this property he says that Mr. WATKINS knew it who spoke to the property of Jeremiah WILLIAMS & Jno. THOMPSON but he does not know any other person who can speak to it.

He served on Board a Ship against the Rebels.

He has a Wife but no Child.

The Rebells wanted him to take up Arms for them, but he would not do it, & was Obliged to fly for it.

There is no Certificate annexed to his Memorial but he is one of those persons who join in the same Memorial written by Colo: FANNING.

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Entd.  —  Decision on James FRANKLIN’s Case  —  £ 5. in full.

This man is one of those five Persons included in the Memorial written by Colo. FANNING which is the only Recommendation of his Case –

he indeed refers to the testimony of Mr. WATKINS (with whom many of these Blacks lodge) but Mr. WATKINS is not a man to whom we should pay much attention and it is upon the Credit of Colo. FANNING alone that he think him entitled to anything

And we recommend the Sum of £ 5. to be given to him which we mean to be in full for all his Losses.

Great Britain, Public Record Office, Audit Office, Class 12, Volume 99, folio 357.

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Invasion of Virginia, 1781
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