Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184722 Details

Location Type:County
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Filing Date:1847-December-9

General Petition Information

Abstract:Margaret Collins, a free woman of color in her eighties, claims that her son, Joseph Collins, had an illegitimate child with his slave, Milly. Joseph gave the boy, named Edward, to Margaret, who in turn entrusted him to her daughter Louisa, wife of Benjamin Laurendine, and referred to as Madam Benjamin. Margaret and other family members treated Edward as a relative, but Louisa hired him out as a slave. After twenty years, Margaret Collins, complaining that she never intended the boy to be a slave, asks that Edward be returned to her and that an accounting of the money made from his hiring out be provided. Louisa Collins Laurendine, who has a sister named Isabel, is referred to as Isabella in parts of the documents.
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:Subpoena, Madam Benjamin, 20 December 1847; Answer, Louisa Collins Laurendine, 11 March 1848; Interrogatories, 20 March 1848 and 22 March 1848; Depositions, William Grigg, George Aite, Polite Collins, John Chastang, Augustus Chastang, Joseph Collins, Edward Collins, Michael Potier, 4 April 1848, 7 April 1848, 10 April 1848; Copy of Baptismal Record, Edward, 10 May 1828
Pages of Related Documents:49

People Associated with Petition 20184722

Free Persons of Color:10
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: University of South Alabama Archives, Mobile, Alabama

  • Chancery Court Divorce Cases
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Processing Information

Record Created:6/1/2000
Record Final Edited:6/6/2000
Record Last Updated on:5/8/2007 10:36:00 AM