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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Petition from Faithy Smith concerning public assistance
Smith, Faith
November 20, 1771
Volume 09, Pages 54-55

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]

North Carolina—

To the Honble the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly now siting.

The humble petition of Faithy Smith Widow Sheweth

That your petitioners late Husband John Smith on or about the first Day of April last Inlisted in the Dobbs Detachment And

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Marched with the Army in the late expedition against the Insurgents and in the Battel at the Alamance received a Mortal wound of which he on the next day after the said Battel died leaving your petitioner a very poor and distressed Widow with an Infant at her Breast and no kind of support except the pay of her Deceased husband allowed by his Commanding Officer to the Time of his Death only which is now exhausted, your petitioner in a low weakly Condition is likely to become Chargeable to the Parish

Therefore humbly pray such Assistance and relief in the premises as this Honble House shall think meet

And your petr will ever pray &c

November 20th 1771.