Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11485303 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the General Assembly of the state of Tennessee
Filing Date:circa 1853

General Petition Information

Abstract:Henry McKenzie represents that he purchased a town lot in Nashville in 1849 from Delilah Sumner, a free woman of color. He states that said lot "was devised from the estate of William B. Downs decd, who died in the town of Nashville in March 1846 intestate;" Downs, a free man of color, "left no children or issue" and "his nearest relatives were slaves, & of course incapable of inheriting." McKenzie reports that Sumner claimed to be entitled to said lot since she was Downs's "nearest of kin capable of inheriting" and that she traded said lot for her husband whom he held as a slave for life. Fearing said property will escheat to the state, the petitioner "asks your Hon. body to pass a law, relinquishing on the part of the state all claim to the property above mentioned."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11485303

People Associated with Petition 11485303

Free Persons of Color:2
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Legislative Petitions
  • Document Number 54-1853-2
  • Microfilm: Reel #20,

Processing Information

Record Created:10/11/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/10/2009 2:49:00 PM