Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21482309 Details

State:Tennessee
Location:Rutherford
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honorable Thomas Stuart one of the Judges of the Circuit Courts of Law and Equity of the State of Tennessee (STUART, Thomas)
Filing Date:1823-February-24
Ending Date:circa 1825-February

General Petition Information

Abstract:Robert McCombs and Gideon Thompson ask for a "writ of Injunction to stop the execution" of a judgment that orders them to pay the defendant, James Allen, $500 for a slave named Jane. They report that on 2 November 1820 they gave Allen two notes, each for $250, "in consideration of the purchase of a negro woman slave, named Jane." Revealing that Allen represented "that said woman slave had runaway from her master who was about to move out of the state," they further note that "there never was any delivery of said slave, nor was any bill of sale given." They argue that "on the day previous to the purchase of said slave, she was drowned in a mill-pond" and that Allen "artfully concealed from said Complainants such facts and circumstances within his knowledge." The petitioners believe that the day before the sale Allen "made the search, he found not far from the pond the horse tied, which said negro slave had ridden away, and also that he saw distinct impressions or tracts of the said slaves feet on the bank of the pond, going in towards the same." Accusing Allen of "various tricks, devices, falsehoods and subterfuges," they ask that he be summoned to answer their charges.
Result:injunction granted; appealed; injunction dismissed
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Order, 18 February 1823; Bond, Gideon Thompson, Robert McCombs, Thomas Shute, et al., 24 February 1823; Subpoena, James Allen, 26 February 1823; Sheriff's Return, 26 February 1823; Answer, James Allen, 13 June 1823; Court Record, August Term 1823; Continuances, February Term 1824 August Term 1824; Depositions, Abadiah Cole, Benjamin W. Battle, Polly Cole, James Petty, Thompson Wright, 13 February 1824; Depositions, Pruscilla Baker, Joseph Thompson, Rebecca Wright, William Childress, James Bevins, 14 February 1824; Order, ca. February Term 1825; Case Summary, 2 February 1820--February Term 1825
Pages of Related Documents:23

People Associated with Petition 21482309

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:2
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Supreme Court Cases, Middle Tennessee
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Processing Information

Record Created:6/8/1998
Record Final Edited:7/27/2002
Record Last Updated on:3/19/2008 7:22:00 AM