Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20183102 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Mobile
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Abner S. Lipscomb Chief Justice of the State of Alabama & Judge of the first Judicial Circuit Sitting in Chancery (LIPSCOMB, Abner S.)
Filing Date:1831-March-17

General Petition Information

Abstract:Latchlin Durant seeks to regain possession of slaves given by his grandfather McGilveray to his mother. Durant says that the slaves were "forcibly taken" and, in 1803, delivered to David Tait [Tate] of Baldwin County, who held them in trust for Alexander McGilveray, a minor who died in England without any issue. Durant states that all the named parties "were residing in the Indian Nation & under Indian Laws at the time of the transactions" and that "all the parties except McGilveray your Orator's grandfather were of Indian blood & descent by the father or mother or both." Durant declares that as the only surviving son of his mother and the oldest surviving male descendant of his grandfather, "by the laws of the Creek tribe of Indians ... he is the sole heir of said McGilveray." Now Tait has died, and Durant asks the court to order his heirs and executors to account for the slaves, which he estimates to be more than one hundred; to compensate him for their services; and to return them to his possession.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:10
Related Documents:Transcript of Case Proceedings, Durant v. Tate, 1831-1840
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 20183102

Slaves:70
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:3
Petitioners:1
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: University of South Alabama Archives, Mobile, Alabama

  • Records of the Chancery Court
  • Document Number 395

Processing Information

Record Created:10/17/1995
Record Final Edited:6/15/1999
Record Last Updated on:3/8/2007 4:52:00 PM