Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21683633 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Princess Anne
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honourable Richard H Baker Judge of the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for the County of Princess Anne (BAKER, Richard H.)
Filing Date:1836-February
Ending Date:1837-September-23

General Petition Information

Abstract:The heirs of Henry and Frances Wells accuse the late Tully E. Moseley of mismanaging their late parents' estates. Henry Wells died in 1814, leaving his property, including his slaves, to his wife, Frances, "during her widowhood (with a contingent interest in the case of her marrying again.)." When Frances died in 1820, Moseley became administrator of Henry's estate unadministered by Frances. He returned an account in 1832, which the heirs characterize as a "pretended audit" that is "manifestly erroneous upon its face." The petitioners now enumerate the "gross" errors therein, which they deem as "evidence in themselves of fraud." Among other property, the heirs ask for an accounting of fourteen slaves who "came into the hands of the said Tulley E. Moseley." Two of these slaves were apparently sold before 1832. They ask the court to reopen the accounts and order the defendants, among them Moseley's widow and executrix, to settle them anew.
Result:partially granted; dismissed
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Decree, 22 September 1836; Memorandum of Situation of Cause, February 1836--September 1837
Pages of Related Documents:4

People Associated with Petition 21683633

Slaves:12
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:4
Petitioners:4
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

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Processing Information

Record Created:8/2/1999
Record Final Edited:8/20/2001
Record Last Updated on:11/24/2008 9:25:00 PM