Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11482204 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honourable the General assembly of the State of Tennessee
Filing Date:circa 1821

General Petition Information

Abstract:Robert Johnson, executor of the late David Beatty, reminds the legislature that his testator devised freedom to the slaves in his possession at the time of his death and requested that they be settled in the Indiana Territory. He further reports that Beatty's sister, Ann Hope, filed suit to prevent said emancipation and that said "contest was finally determined in favour of the will," allowing "your petitioner one year from that time to use every legal means to procure the emancipation of the negroes." Beset by ill health, Johnson admits that several months elapsed before he could proceed but he states that when "he was ready to remove those unfortunate persons to Indianna, and that anxious hope which they had so long indulged in [was] about to be consummated, they were yet doomed to further disapointment." He declares that "the son of Mrs Ann Hope came in the night time to where the negroes were ... and forcibly & Secretly took them away, carried them off and concealed them from your petitioner." Johnson, having regained possession of said slaves, now submits that Ann Hope and friends have suggested "that if by such means your petitioner should procure the freedom of said Slaves they will make him responsible out of his own estate ... for the value of them." Avowing that “nothing Stands opposed to the just [demands] of these Slaves to their freedom but avarice ... which would sacrafice the liberty & happiness of these persons,” the petitioner commits the slaves to “your hands ... hoping that you will mete unto them that measure of Justice which you would have others measure unto you.”
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:Copy of Decree, Supreme Court of Errors and Appeals, July Term 1821; see PARs #11482113, #11482205
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 11482204

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Records of the Supreme Court, Middle District, Johnston vs. Hope, 1815

Processing Information

Record Created:11/7/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/10/2008 2:57:00 PM