Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21485723 Details

State:Tennessee
Location:Giles
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon Samuel D. Frierson Chancellor &c of the Middle of the State of Tennessee, sitting at Pulaski (FRIERSON, Samuel D.)
Filing Date:1857-August-31
Ending Date:1857-September-16

General Petition Information

Abstract:Margaret J. Mason, administratrix of her late husband's estate, prays for permission to sell a slave. She informs the court that her husband, William T. Mason, died in 1855, leaving an estate that includes slaves, stock in the Richland Manufactory Company, cash, and other assets. Mason asserts that "most of said slaves are very valuable, & productively employed in the Richland Cotton Mills." She is concerned, however, about a slave named Green, "who is white & could easily pass himself for a white man anywhere." She confides that she "has good reason to believe that said slave is restless & dissatisfied with the condition of slavery, and contemplates an escape." Admitting that should Green try to run away, he would probably succeed, "both from his color and general appearance as from his intelligence & shrewdness." Requesting that the slave be sold, Mason maintains that she would receive a better price for Green if she could take him to Nashville and put him "in the hands of a trader" rather than sell him "at public outcry in this market."
Result:partially granted
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Copy of Last Will and Testament, William T. Mason, 26 April 1855; Clerk's Certification of Copy, 31 August 1857; Decree, 11 September 1857; Depositions, William Houston and John A. Jackson, 14 September 1857; Decree, 16 September 1857; Clerk and Master's Report, 17 March 1860
Pages of Related Documents:7

People Associated with Petition 21485723

Slaves:2
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:1
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Chancery Court Cases
  • Record Group:
  • Document Number 1450
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  • Page: 1969-1972; 1983; 1989-1995
  • Microfilm: Reel #175

Processing Information

Record Created:11/17/1998
Record Final Edited:2/11/2004
Record Last Updated on:4/15/2009 12:49:00 PM