Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21383910 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District
Salutation:To their Honors the Chancellors of the said State (, )
Filing Date:circa 1839-June-4
Ending Date:1839-June-4

General Petition Information

Abstract:Administrator John Bauskett, heir Ann Wightman, and her husband William seek to sell trust property. Ann's uncle, John Moore, died intestate in September 1834. As the only next of kin still residing in the United States, Ann inherited the real estate. Her husband purchased a large part of the personal property at the estate sale, including Moore's seventy-nine slaves. [The commissioner's report reveals that Moore's personal estate sold for $64,000 or $65,000 and that Wightman paid $36,000 or more of that amount.] The Wightmans put everything into a trust for their support, naming Bauskett as trustee. They have continued to work the plantation, but "so unprofitably that, instead of repaying the said John Bauskett for his advances & the excess of said William J's purchases above his wife's portion, they have scarcely made enough to pay the accruing interest on the debts to the said John." The petitioners ask the court to allow them to sell everything, including the slaves, who now number ninety, so that the debts may be paid in full; any remaining proceeds would be invested in bank stock for the trust.
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Order, 4 June 1839; Depositions, Bird Whatley, David Flinn, George Boswell, John Bauskett, Ann Harker Wightman, ca. 6 June 1839; Commissioner's Report, Trust Estate of William J. and Ann H. Wightman, 6 June 1839
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 21383910

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:2/1/1998
Record Final Edited:5/20/2004
Record Last Updated on:8/3/2006 5:44:00 PM