Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21381203 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District
Salutation:To the honorable the Judges of the Court of Equity (, )
Filing Date:1812-November-12
Ending Date:1812-November-12

General Petition Information

Abstract:William Johnson, guardian of Thomas Wurtz, seeks to sell land to which his ward is entitled. He asserts that his ward "is entitled to a small real estate ... situate on Johns Island ... by Virtue of the last Will and Testament of his Grandmother Ann Humphreys." He avers that her will ordered the land's sale after the death of her daughter Rebecca and a division of the proceeds among Rebecca's children. Johnson submits that Thomas "is supposed to be the only Person entitled now to take under the said Will" since his two brothers "have gone to Sea and not been heard of for five or Six Years." He notes that his ward "is also entitled by the Death of the Mother to a personal Property consisting of twelve Negros all of whom except four are so small as to be at present an Expense but who by the time his said Ward comes of Age will be valuable." He believes that the land "in itself is but of little Value, but from its Situation will command a good Price." Citing that "the Labour of the Negros will at present do little more than maintain themselves," the petitioner prays that he be authorized "to carry into Effect the Will of the said Ann Humphreys by selling the said Land and after paying the Debts ... to vest the Balance in Stock for the Interest of his Ward."
# of Petition Pages:3
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Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 21381203

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

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

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Processing Information

Record Created:1/21/1998
Record Final Edited:9/1/2003
Record Last Updated on:11/29/2005 3:48:00 PM