Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184633 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Lawrence
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable David G. Ligon Chancellor of the Northern Chancery division of the State of Alabama Setting for the 30th District thereof at Moulton in Lawrence County in said State (LIGON, David G.)
Filing Date:1846-December-29
Ending Date:circa 1847

General Petition Information

Abstract:John M. McGaughey amends his original suit to confirm his title to slaves he bought from Charles Ewing Jr., one of the heirs of the late Charles Ewing Sr. In his amended suit, McGaughey argues that he purchased the slaves when Charles Ewing Jr. was perfectly solvent, and presents the bills of sale as exhibits. He again seeks an injunction to halt the said suit pending against him and requests a decree validating his title to the slaves. The related original bill reveals that three of the slaves, Lucy and her sons, Jack and Willis, had belonged to the late Charles Ewing Sr. During his lifetime, Charles Ewing the elder had given Lucy and Willis to Charles Jr. and Jack to another of his children. Charles Ewing Jr. had purchased Jack from his sibling before selling all three slaves to McCaughey.
Result:dismissed
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:PAR #20184607; Subpoena, 26 October 1846; Petition, John M. McGaughey, 2 March 1847; Bill of Sale, Charles Ewing to John M. McGaughey, 12 January 1827; Bill of Sale, Charles Ewing to John M. McGaughey, 4 February 1830; Subpoena, 28 December 1846; Sheriff's Return, 25 January 1847; Affidavits, 17, 19 December 1847; Decree, ca. 1847
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 20184633

Slaves:5
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:32
Petitioners:1
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Lawrence County Historical Commission Archives, Moulton, Alabama

  • Records of the Chancery Court
  • Page: 424-429

Processing Information

Record Created:11/24/1999
Record Final Edited:11/25/1999
Record Last Updated on:5/3/2007 9:59:00 AM