Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21385964 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District
Salutation:To the Honorable the Chancellors of Said State (, )
Filing Date:circa 1859-June-9

General Petition Information

Abstract:Lewis and John Featherston, executors of John Wesley Featherston, seek a partition of the estate of their late father. They inform the court that their father died in 1858, leaving thirty-two slaves and more than 1100 acres of land to his ten children. His will directed that his executors sell three of his slaves, Drucilla, Sarah and Ceely, and use the proceeds therefrom to pay his debts; the other slaves would be distributed among his children when they reached twenty-one years of age or married. Featherston's will also included provisions to ensure that slave families would not be separated. However, the petitioners claim that they are unable to keep the estate together as their father had directed. They aver that the lands are poor, many of the slaves are old, and "most of the females are barren and unproductive." The petitioners fear that any attempt to carry out the provisions of the will "will prove abortive and disastrous to the interests of the devisees." They conclude that a sale of the land and slaves will be most beneficial to the legatees and ask the court to authorize a partition of the estate. [The petition is missing its fourth page.]
# of Petition Pages:13
Related Documents:Appointment and Acceptance of Guardianship, Meredith H. Brock, 9 June 1859; Commissioner's Report, n.d; Report of Special Referee, September 1871
Pages of Related Documents:15

People Associated with Petition 21385964

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina

  • Records of the Equity Court, Bills
  • Record Group:
  • Document Number 1860--303
  • Box: 7
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  • Microfilm: Order #26, Reel D1267

Processing Information

Record Created:12/15/1998
Record Final Edited:10/6/2003
Record Last Updated on:6/6/2007 1:46:00 PM