Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20978001 Details

State:Maryland
Location:St. Mary's
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honorable John Rogers Esquire Chancellor of Maryland (ROGERS, John)
Filing Date:1780-April-4
Ending Date:circa 1794-May

General Petition Information

Abstract:Edward and Ann Fenwick seek a portion of William Hobb's estate, plus interest since 1 July 1758. On 22 December 1757, Ann's father, William Hobb, executed his last will and testament, bequeathing a group of twelve slaves to his son, the defendant, Vernon Hobb. William Hobb devised the plantation and use of the slaves bequeathed to Vernon Hobb to his wife, Hopewell Hobb, for her use during her natural life; he equally divided the remainder of his property among his children. Vernon Hobb was not to receive any additional slaves. On 1 July 1758, William Hobb died. Before her death in 1773, Hopewell Hobb renounced the will "and took her third of the negroes left by the deceased ... out of the negroes which were intended for and left by the said Testator to your oratrix and her other sisters." The said widow did not select "any of the negroes devised to her during her life and afterwards to Vernon Hobb." The petitioners seek relief.
Result:partially granted; appealed; affirmed
# of Petition Pages:9
Related Documents:PAR #20983313; Decree, 1 July 1791; Submission, W. Cooke, 1 July 1791; Inventory, Estate of William Hobb, 7 May 1759; Certification of Copy, 6 August 1785
Pages of Related Documents:27

People Associated with Petition 20978001

Slaves:37
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:2
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, Maryland

  • Schweninger Collection
  • Document Number 1815
  • Volume: 4239-5
  • Page: 32
  • Microfilm: M 11081

Processing Information

Record Created:8/31/1999
Record Final Edited:9/18/2001
Record Last Updated on:9/11/2006 9:33:00 AM