Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21380405 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District
Salutation:To the Honorable Hugh Rutledge, William Marshall and William James, Judges of the Honorable Court of Equity for the State aforesaid (RUTLEDGE, Hugh)
Filing Date:1804-September-26

General Petition Information

Abstract:Jacob Sass, a creditor of the late Richard and Ann Beresford, seeks payment of a debt. He relates that Ann "was entitled to a considerable real and personal estate" at the time she married Richard and that said property was held in trust for the Beresfords during their "joint lives." Sass recounts that both Beresfords "had contracted considerable debts" and that they found "themselves unable ... fully to pay and discharge all the Said debts." He states that they proposed "to the principal creditors" a conveyance of 130 slaves and several tracts of land to the trustees as a means "to discharge the debts aforesaid;" Ann retained "to herself her domestic Servants, gardeners and one hundred negroes." The petitioner further reports that, upon Ann's death, Richard "was entitled to a very large estate in Negroes and other property" and that he conveyed the same to the defendants "for the benefit of his Creditors;" Richard retained a life estate in seventeen slaves "and after his death the said negroes ... should be delivered up to" the said defendants, as trustees and as agents for the other creditors. Charging that "he hath often applied" to the defendants "to pay him what was due to him," Sass submits that they have refused. He therefore asks that "a sufficiency of the before mentioned property ... be sold to satisfy your Orator's demand, and be paid to him within a reasonable time."
# of Petition Pages:14
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People Associated with Petition 21380405

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
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  • Document Number 1804--45
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  • Microfilm: Order #59, Reel D1267

Processing Information

Record Created:1/27/1999
Record Final Edited:9/7/2002
Record Last Updated on:11/9/2005 10:12:00 AM