Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21381001 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District
Salutation:To the Honorable William D. James, Waddy Thompson, Theodore Gaillard, and Henry William DeSaussure Judges of the Court of Equity of the State of South Carolina (JAMES, William Dobein)
Filing Date:circa 1810-May-1

General Petition Information

Abstract:Laurence Rambo sues his sons, Daniel and Samuel, in order to recover the family business, land, and slaves. Intending to move to the "Western Country," the elder Rambo arranged his business affairs in the event that he might perish while in transit. Having given his bond to purchase five slaves from James Turnbull before the journey, he transferred title of these slaves, as well as five more, to his son Daniel. Not content upon his arrival in Georgia, Laurence returned to South Carolina. His creditors, including Turnbull, came calling, and Rambo attempted to regain his former business and property. He returned the slaves to Turnbull, recanted on the bill of sale, and worked out an arrangement whereby his old land would be leased to Daniel. His sons, once again involved in operating the family mill, however, "assumed a high hand" and took control of "the whole establishment," refusing to allow their father anything for his labor or the labor of his slaves. The family submitted the dispute to five court-appointed arbiters, who ordered the sons to pay their father $62.50 and a small yearly allowance. The petitioner objects to the arrangement and asks the court to order a settlement that restores all the property to his rightful ownership.
# of Petition Pages:33
Related Documents:Arbitration Agreement, 23 March 1810; Deposition, Jacob Ness [?], Joseph Helms, 1 May 1810
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 21381001

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina

  • Records of the Equity Court, Bills
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  • Document Number 3
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  • Page: frames 26--53
  • Microfilm: Reel LX6

Processing Information

Record Created:1/26/1998
Record Final Edited:9/15/2002
Record Last Updated on:11/15/2005 3:17:00 PM