I ran across these early religious petitions signed by some of our Laffoons in Lunenburg County, Virginia along with many other men.These are original signatures and I had difficulty reading a lot of them.I put a question mark besides those names and/ or initials of which I was not sure.If anyone believes they know whata surname should be, I will be glad to check the original to determine if that indeed is the correct name and change the petition below.The petition used a lot of capital letters, so I capitalized where they did.
I found several of these petitions so I am transcribing them one by one.Here is the first:
Early Religious Petitions (obtained from the Library of Congress, American Memory)
Abstracted by LaVelda Faull 9 Nov 1785, Lunenburg County, Virginia “To the honorable the General Assembly of Virginia, the Petition of sundry free Inhabitants of the County of Lunenburg humbly sheweth, That whereas the General Assembly at their Session in October last, out of a pious Regard for the Advancement of Christianity in this State did adopt A Bill for establishing a Provision for the Teachers of the Christian Religion on a Plan founded in equal Justice to the Citizens in general who owe this respective Aids to the Peace & Prosperity of civil Government; and on Principles so Liberal & impartial, as to proclude the remotest Jealousy of Preference to any Denomination of Christians; and whereas they directed the same to be printed and Copies thereof to be dispersed through the several Counties in Order to collect the Sentiment of the People on this very important Subject.Your Petitioners impressed with the sincerest Sentiments of Veneration & Gratitude towards the Legislature, who have thus, under the Divine Influence, manifested so laudable a Disposition to patronize and protect the Concerns of our holy Religion; the Knowledge & Practice of which have such a manifest Tendency to promote the Peace & Prosperity of Civil Government; beg leave to assure youof our high Approbation of the said Bill, humbly praying that the same may be passed into a Law. And your Petitioners shall ever pray & c.” Thos Buford Wm P----(?) (Perhaps Pafford? Blotted out with ink) Anthy Street Ellison (?) Ellison(?) (both names appear to be the same) Henry Stokes Edwd Brodnax Thos. Garland Joseph Smith Wm. Taylor (or Saylor?) Joshua Ragsdale John Hardy Thos. Stevenson James Groen (or Green?) Ralph Hubbard John William (or Wilham?) John Cook (or Coop?) Jno Snead James(?) Johnson Lodowick Farmer Robert Wilson William Cockerham Thomas Wilson William Thackstone David Gee Jno. Wrenn David Vandyck John Tisdale Clement Whittimore LeRoy Buford William Stone Jno Billups Thos. Jones (or Jarvis?) John Ragsdale Elisha Estes Benjamin Gee Nicholas Callaham Saml Rudder Junr. William Smith(?) (or Swift?) Robert Floyd John Moody William Smith Wyatt Williams Isac Brisindine Allin Stokes Jeremiah Alderson John Eppes Wm Stokes Jno Ballard jr P? A? Stevonson John Arnall Senr (Arnold? Conall?) Wm Henry Patison William White Senr George Hightower George Marable John Hightower Thos Hayes John Cureton Jun. Horatio Farguson Ellis Evans B(?) Snead William Mize Craddock Vaughan Richd Ingram Wm Boswell Benja Estis Jr. Samuel Harris Minor Wilkes Sam Ward Henry VanDyck Srick(?) Wilks Peter Garland James Eastham Benjamin Hughes Bartlet Estes Joh.(?) Hightower ROBERT MAYTON Wm. L.(S?) Garland David Mayton Edgcomb Suggitt Robert Estes Peter Stokes John ---- (name marked out) Wm Doswell Bartlet Estes W. Fullilove M(?) Davis John Curaton Wm Parrett Jas. Johnson Geo. Andrews(?) Jna. Chappell Ben Walker Carter White Wm Hamlett Jord(?) Claiborne James Jeffries(?) John Ingram Elisha Betts Lazarus Maiden(?) Will Elam???(signature looks like all one word)(heavy underline beneath it) Wm Gordon Jonathan Davis Drury Middsell(?) (or Murdock)? K (or R?) Johnson Shadr. Stokes Jeffrey Murrell? Benja. Estes Sr.(?) Stephen C. Miser(?)(last word written over top of word that is blotted) John Jononey(??) Geo. (?) Phillips Permelon(?) Goott(?) Nathaniel Cureton Jacob(?) Browder John Baskins Pitman(Not sure if the “Pitman” was a continuation of “John Baskins” ie, “John Baskins Pitman” or whether “Pitman” was another signature - it was more indented than the name above and below). Thomas Dunn Andrew Hardie Saml Indean Edward Collis Junr. Robt Hardin John Wilkinson Saml Braddad(?) David Callam Thos Edwards Bryan Lester Sen. Edward Brown Lydel Jones(?) Tacharner DeGraffenreidt Junr. Benjm Tomlinson William Neblett Joseph Dunman John Ussery John Williams Mastain Ussery Asa Cabaniss Wm Johnson Jur. John Moore James Buford James Winn Will Young William Johnson Benjamin Taylor Covington Handy(Hardy?) Wilson Walker John Dixon Thoas Hardy John Bowers(?) Edmond Bishop Moses Callaham Humphrey Garrott Saml Rudder Snr. Turner Allen John Callaham NATHANIEL LAFFOON JUNR. Henry Freeman Nathl Chamles Harris(?) Tomlinson Edw Eppes Jas(?) Barham(?) Jnr. John Ritchie John Hammock Jeremiah Morgan Jessee Morgan John Cook Jr. Jessee Moor John Wyatt Mason Garrett Humphrey Garrett Edm. Singleton Sterling Cooke(?) Phillip Morgan Tho. Hardy Junr. Isaac Hicks John Cook John Ragsdale Danl Apperson Wm. Jones David Thomson NATHANIEL LAFFOON Edward Colley Sr. Robt Bowers Drury Allen William Gee JOHN LAFFOON Nevil Gee Tho Monday John Floyd John Rudder Henry Callis Wm Hammons Sterling Nebblet William Richey John Hicks(?) William Hicks? (or Dicks?) Daniel Williams