Petition to the will of Zephaniah Kingsley

Petition to the will of Zephaniah Kingsley Page 12

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Page 12 bequest or otherwise under the said instrument of writing, so called and pretended to be the Last will and Testament of the said Zephaniah Kingsley decd. as aforesaid And that the said George Kingsley was and is for the same cause, and because he is and was a slave as aforesaid Equally incapable of taking upon himself the office of, or being made or appointed Executor of any Last will and testament or of acting as Executor thereof in this Territory And your Petitioners further shew unto your Honor that for the reasons above stated and set forth the said instrument of writing so called and pretended to be the Last will & Testament of the said Zephaniah Kingsley deceased is entirely null and void and that no probate thereof should have been made, allowed, or taken, and that no letters Testamentary should have been granted or issued thereon And that the said Kingsley B Gibbs and Benjamin A Putnam should not nor should either of them have been permitted to take or have taken upon himself the Executor of the said instrument of writing as the Last will & Testament of the said Zephaniah Kingsley deceased, or otherwise. And your petitioners further shew unto your Honor that the said Zephaniah Kingsley by the said instrument of writing so by him called his Last will and testament as aforesaid appointed (so far as he thereby could appoint) the said Kingsley B Gibbs and Benjamin A Putnam and George Kingsley Guardian of his (the said Zephaniah Kingsley’s) infant natural children [amongst] which he by the said instrument of writing acknowledges all those of Flora H. Kingsley of Camp New Hope, and also Sarah Murphy’s mulatto child, Micanopy then & (at the time of the Execution of the said instrument of writing) in [Haiti] (aforesaid) But your petitioners believe and alledge that all of the said infant natural children are mulattoes & slaves;