Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21684110 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honourable William Leigh Judge of the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for the County of Halifax (LEIGH, William)
Filing Date:1841-July-1
Ending Date:1842-September-10

General Petition Information

Abstract:Thomas Clark avers that his brother, Housand Clark, died in 1835 without issue. Shortly after his death, "a certain paper purporting to be his Will" appeared. By this paper, "three of his Slaves to wit Milly, Rhody, and Silvy are emancipated and the remainder of his estate disposed of to the said Slaves, your Orator," and other heirs. The petitioner "charges that the said Housand Clark for a number of years before his death and particularly at the date of the said paper was not of Sound mind and memory; ... that for a long time before his death he lived entirely among his Slaves without any white person in his family and was wholly and completely under their influence and controul; that such was his feebleness of body and imbecility of mind that his Slaves particularly Milly Rhody and Silvy who were chiefly about his house and person could and did influence him to do whatever they desired." Thomas Clark prays that the heirs of Housand Clark as well as the two still-living slaves, Rhody and Silvy, be made defendants to this suit. He further prays that the "pretended will" be annulled and "that the parties in possession deliver up the estate of the said decedent to be divided amongst his heirs at law."
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Jury Report, 10 September 1842; Court Record, 5 September 1842--10 September 1842; Court Record, July 1841--8 April 1842
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 21684110

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Halifax Circuit Court Building, Halifax, Virginia

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Processing Information

Record Created:9/24/1998
Record Final Edited:5/3/2001
Record Last Updated on:1/13/2009 4:45:00 PM