Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21384540 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District
Salutation:To the Honorable the Chancellors of the said state (, )
Filing Date:1845-September-5

General Petition Information

Abstract:James Norris, master of the Charleston work house, requests court intervention in a slave title dispute. In 1845, George Shrewsbury, a free man of color, placed three slaves in the work house, ordering Norris not to surrender them to anyone but himself or his guardian. Shortly thereafter, James Hanscome, another free man of color, claimed the slaves and ordered Norris to surrender them only to him. Shrewsbury holds a bill of sale from Hanscome, but Hanscome argues that it is void, because "the consideration thereof was a gambling transaction." Norris has refused to deliver the slaves to either party, since he does not know who legally owns them, and he would be legally liable for delivering them to the wrong person. Norris asks the court to determine the ownership of the slaves. Since Shrewsbury has sued Norris, and Hanscome is threatening to sue, Norris also asks the court to enjoin all other legal proceedings until the title dispute is settled.
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:PAR #21384127
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 21384540

Free Persons of Color:2
Other People:0

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 1845--28
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  • Microfilm: Order #294, Reel D1269

Processing Information

Record Created:5/28/1999
Record Final Edited:8/18/2004
Record Last Updated on:10/12/2006 5:31:00 PM