Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20185625 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable John Foster Chancellor of the Northern Chancery Division of the State of Alabama Sitting for the 26th District of Said State at the Court House of Lauderdale County (FOSTER, John)
Filing Date:1856-March-21
Ending Date:1859-April-28

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1851, after many years of marriage, Mary Ann Andrews and her husband Richard J. Andrews signed a contract giving her "sole and Separate use" of the Negro woman Sarah Ann and her seven children--Anthony, Angeline, Isabella, Jenny, George, John, and Hannah. Richard Andrews, however, refused to execute the contract. In 1852, Mary Ann filed suit for possession of the slaves, and left her husband a short time later. The sheriff took the slaves into custody, but the husband, who was still acting as Mary Ann's "trustee," posted bond and recovered them pending a decision of the court. Even after Mary Ann obtained a judgment against her husband, the latter refused to give the slaves up. In 1856, Mary Ann files suit to remove him as trustee, explaining that he is a "habitual drinker and subject to frequent gross intoxication," and that he profits from her slaves "Sometimes hiring them out and Sometimes working them himself." She seeks "the specific relief to which the facts of her case entitle her."
Result:granted; appealed; dismissed
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:Copy of Final Decree, 20 May 1858; Copy of Appeal Bond, Richard J. Andrews, et al., 25 May 1858
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 20185625

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama

  • Alabama Supreme Court Cases, Supreme Court Record 1859
  • Volume: 234
  • Page: 1-5, 153, 154

Processing Information

Record Created:2/8/1999
Record Final Edited:8/2/1999
Record Last Updated on:6/21/2007 3:47:00 PM