Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20183002 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Reuben Saffold one of the Judges of the Circuit Court for the State of Alabama exercising Chancery Jurisdiction in the County of Bibb (SAFFOLD, Reuben)
Filing Date:1830-September-15

General Petition Information

Abstract:Harwood Goodwin states that in October 1823 he "did place in the possession of said [Benjamin] Camp a Certain negro man slave named Jim, of the age of sixteen years," as collateral for the one hundred dollars he owed Camp, who is his son-in-law. Goodwin states that Jim was worth six hundred dollars and, as part of the agreement, he stipulated that the first year Camp pay him $60, "at a hire of five dollars per month for the first year, and that the hire was to increase as the boy grew older & became more servisable," continuing until the debt was repaid. Goodwin also borrowed another $250 from Camp, offering a slave, Lucy, worth five hundred dollars, as collateral, with the same conditions of hiring out to repay the debt. Goodwin says that Camp "has been long since reimbursed," and that "during such time of hire & while in his possession or under his control, or by his Improper & cruel Treatment ... Lucy has been greatly injured & her value greatly decreased." The petitioner further states that Lucy has given birth to a child during this time. As Camp refuses to settle accounts, Goodwin asks the court to force Camp to return the three slaves; to pay "all monies with legal interest on the same for the services of said slaves over the amount due respondant from Orator;" and to pay for the injuries sustained by Lucy while in Camp's possession. Goodwin is also suing Camp "for the damages, or injuries sustained in his interest, by causing the death of the mare & colt" belonging to Goodwin as well as for compensation for his son's services while employed by Camp. In his answer, Camp contends that the property was placed and allowed to remain in his possession on his agreeing to financially bail out his father-in-law, whose property was levied on several times. He claims that there never was any talk of his paying hiring fees.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:PAR #20183403; Copies of Order, n.d.; Exceptions to the Sufficiency of the Answer of Harwood Goodwin to Cross Bill of Benjamin Camp, 17 October 1832; Subpoena, Harwood Goodwin, 22 November 1831; Subpoena, 16 September 1830; Order, ca. 1831; Answer, Benjamin Camp, 20 January 1831; Indenture-Exhibit A, 6 September 1823; Answer, Harwood Goodwin to Benjamin Camp's Cross Bill, 26 April 1832; Order for Subpoena, ca. 1832; Answer, Harwood Goodwin, 16 November 1832
Pages of Related Documents:18

People Associated with Petition 20183002

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Bibb County Courthouse, Centreville, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Record Book 1836-1846
  • Page: 568-584

Processing Information

Record Created:10/17/1995
Record Final Edited:6/30/1999
Record Last Updated on:3/7/2007 2:59:00 PM