Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20980303 Details

State:Maryland
Location:Anne Arundel
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honorable Alexander Contee Hanson Chancellor of Maryland (HANSON, Alexander Contee)
Filing Date:1803-August-8
Ending Date:1803-August-8

General Petition Information

Abstract:Sarah Ann Waters and Mary Elizabeth Taylor state that their father, William Thornton, "was possessed of and entitled to a valuable personal estate consisting of negroes stock plantation [and] that he was an imprudent man addicted to gaming, and had spent and squandered away a valuable property." To prevent Thornton from losing all his property "in the gratification of his imprudent amusements," he was prevailed on to execute a deed of mortgage to Gassaway Rawlings in 1777 for which Rawlings gave no money or other consideration. Shortly thereafter, Thornton went to sea, "where he is supposed to have died, and has not since been heard of;" his widow, Sarah, married Richard Rawlings, Gassaway's brother. Upon their marriage, Sarah and Richard had two sons, Richard and Frederick. The petitioners now complain that after the deaths of Richard (the elder) and Sarah, Gassaway Rawlings claimed the mortgaged property as his own, conveying to them shares that are less than their due as Thornton's sole surviving heirs. Seeking their rightful inheritance, the petitioners ask the court to subpoena the Rawlingses and to order them "to convey and deliver to your complainants in the proportions aforesaid the property aforesaid."
Result:partially granted
# of Petition Pages:8
Related Documents:PAR #20983413; Statement, Gassaway Rawlings, 27 February 1802; List of Mortgaged Slaves, ca. 1802
Pages of Related Documents:6

People Associated with Petition 20980303

Slaves:27
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:3
Petitioners:4
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, Maryland

  • Schweninger Collection
  • Document Number 5593
  • Volume: 4239-5
  • Page: 73
  • Microfilm: M 11081

Processing Information

Record Created:9/21/1999
Record Final Edited:10/22/2001
Record Last Updated on:10/6/2006 11:22:00 AM