Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21685821 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable John W. Nash Judge of the Circuit Court of Chesterfield County (NASH, John W.)
Filing Date:circa 1858-May
Ending Date:circa 1858-May

General Petition Information

Abstract:William Robinson, trustee for the estate of Martha S. Jewett, seeks to sell a young female slave named Clarisa [Clarissa]. Robinson recalls that in 1852 Martha's father "conveyed to your orator in trust a negro girl named Clarisa and her future increase for the benefit of the said Martha Jewett for and during the term of her natural life and after her death to the heirs of her body to be equally distributed amongst them." He asserts that now "the said negro girl Clarisa is of very little or no value to Mrs Jewett and there is probability that she will continue so, if indeed, she does not become perfectly worthless, on account of her discipated habits." He further claims that "she is perfectly uncontrolable at times being extremely fond of ardent spirits and whenever she can get liquor is apt to drink too much." Citing that she "has had several miscarages and on that account not likely to bear children," Robinson surmises that she "would probably if sold at this time bring between eight hundred and a thousand Dollars." He therefore prays that "the Court will decree a sale of the said negro girl Clarisa & that the proceeds of said sale be invested in another negro or in state stock."
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Deposition, John Robinson, 6 May 1858; Commissioner's Report, ca. 1858
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 21685821

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Chancery Court Causes
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  • Box: 464
  • Folder: R-21858
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Processing Information

Record Created:6/4/1999
Record Final Edited:1/26/2001
Record Last Updated on:12/27/2008 4:09:00 PM