Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184008 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon. A. Bowie Chancellor of the Northern division of the State of Alabama Sitting for the fourth district in the town of Talladega (BOWIE, A.)
Filing Date:1840-July-15
Ending Date:1844-July

General Petition Information

Abstract:William Hawthorn seeks to recover slaves that were devised by deed of gift to his late father, Benjamin Hawthorn, by James Hawthorn Sr., his late grandfather. This is William's second petition on the subject. In his first petition, he sought to recover Hannah, the daughter of Dorcas, one of the slaves devised by his grandfather, and Hannah's children. In this petition, he seeks to recover Dorcas and her son Jack, and Nell, another slave devised by James Hawthorn Sr. to Benjamin, and Nell's family. William Hawthorn alleges that his uncle, James Hawthorn Jr., and his aunt, Annis Hawthorn Cameron, procured through a fraudulent deed of gift slaves that rightfully belong to him and his siblings -- the grandchildren and heirs of James Hawthorn Sr. The petitioner claims that James Jr. and Annis "had full and perfect knowledge ... that said negro slaves Dorcas and Nell, of right would be the property of your Orator and his brother and sisters," but "notwithstanding that knowledge," they conspired "with a view to deprive fraudulently your Orator and his co-heirs that little pittance which a generous grandfather had given and a frugal father had preserved to them." The "generous grandfather" and the "frugal father" were both dead by 1824 and William asserts that the rightful heirs should have received the slaves at that time.
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:PAR #20184007; Deed, Benjamin Hawthorn from James Hawthorn, 24 December 1811; Affidavit, John King Sr., 6 January 1842; Order, February 1841; Answer and Affidavit of Francis L. Young, 6 February 1841; Answers, William and Annis Cameron [Missing Pages], ca. 1841; Order [Missing Pages], ca. November 1842; Order, July 1843; Continuance, December 1843; Dismissal, July 1844
Pages of Related Documents:10

People Associated with Petition 20184008

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:7

Citation Information

Repository: Judicial Building, Talladega

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Final Records, 1843-46
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  • Volume: 4
  • Page: 57-62, 67
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Processing Information

Record Created:11/20/1998
Record Final Edited:8/27/1999
Record Last Updated on:3/23/2007 2:24:00 PM