Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20979801 Details

State:Maryland
Location:Prince George's
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Alexander Contee Hanson Chancellor of Maryland (HANSON, Alexander Contee)
Filing Date:1798-January-4

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1772, Benjamin Hodges executed his last will and testament, bequeathing the majority of his considerable real and personal property, including several slaves, to his wife Deborah. He stipulated that one slave named Basil should be sold by his executors, with the proceeds divided among his children. Although Benjamin Hodges appointed his wife and his brother, Charles Ramsey Hodges, executors of his estate, his brother "refused to act as executor." Soon after the completion of Benjamin's estate inventory, his widow Deborah married Johnson Michael O'Reily. Elizabeth Hodges now states that Deborah and Johnson O'Reily assessed the value of the property "in the depreciated paper mony of the Times." She also charges that the O'Reilys have kept all the slaves, including Basil and those born since the will was written, for their sole benefit. Elizabeth Hodges asks that Johnson and Deborah O'Reily be subpoenaed for questioning and be compelled to pay the petitioner her portion of the estate.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:6
Related Documents:Last Will and Testament, Benjamin Hodges, 11 February 1772; Inventory, Estate of Benjamin Ramsey Hodges, 1 December 1772; Accounts, Estate of Benjamin Hodges, 28 February 1776 and 31 October 1778; Answer, Johnson and Deborah O'Reily, 29 April 1799; Notation, 14 October 1803
Pages of Related Documents:23

People Associated with Petition 20979801

Slaves:20
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:9
Petitioners:1
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, Maryland

  • Schweninger Collection
  • Document Number 2734
  • Volume: 4239-5
  • Page: 47
  • Microfilm: M 11081

Processing Information

Record Created:10/7/1999
Record Final Edited:10/2/2001
Record Last Updated on:9/22/2006 3:53:00 PM