Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21683232 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honourable Lucas P. Thompson judge of the circuit Superior Courts of Law and Chancery for the 12th judicial circuit (THOMPSON, Lucas P.)
Filing Date:1832-April

General Petition Information

Abstract:David Watts Jr. asks the court to compel Nathaniel Terry, executor of his late father's will, to account with him for his portion of the estate, including the value of a particular slave "together with his hires upon the same from the year 1807 to the death of the testator" in 1817 or 1818. David Watts Sr.'s will directed that "the part of my estate herein loaned to my son David remain in like manner, in trust, in the hands of my executors & that they in their discretion allow him and his children a competent annual support from the same." Watts complains that "the period of five years has elapsed since he recd. one cent" from the executor, and that he is now "in very needy circumstances." In particular, he seeks compensation for the value of a slave named William, whom he left in his father's possession when Watts Jr. moved to Kentucky in 1806. Watts Sr. sold the slave and agreed to "set apart" for David Jr.'s use "a choice negro man at this death." Watts Jr. sues the executor, his siblings, and the securities on the slave's purchase bond.
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:Case Notes, ca. 1843; Court Record, April 1832--14 May 1833
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 21683232

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

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Processing Information

Record Created:7/22/1999
Record Final Edited:6/16/2001
Record Last Updated on:8/22/2008 4:01:00 PM