Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20183106 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable John White Judge of the fourth Judicial Circuit of the State of Alabama, and now presid[ing] in the said County of Jackson as Judge of the fifth Judicial Circuit of said State on the Chancery side thereof (WHITE, John)
Filing Date:1831-April-8
Ending Date:1831-April-9

General Petition Information

Abstract:In an original petition, dated 5 June 1830, Benjamin Montgomery and Wiley Belcher charged that the defendant John Hatfield had refused to accept their payment which would have satisfied the mortgage on the slave Melinda and her six children. Since Hatfield would not relinquish possession of the said slave, the petitioners asked the court, among other things, to require Hatfield "to give security for the forthcoming of said slaves." Now, in a supplemental bill, the petitioners state that the bond of $1000 is insufficient since, they assert, it has been ascertained "that said negro slaves in controversy are worth fully the sum of two thousand dollars." The petitioners point out that Hatfield has "no real estate in Jackson County or in any part of the state of Alabama and that excepting one or two houses of very inferior value, he has no property of any kind whatsoever." They further fear that Hatfield's recent move "to the Bank of the Tennessee River," in the northwestern part of the state, is not "for the only purpose of planting, or farming or carrying on any lucrative occupation, he having rented but about 20 acres of land but with the view of running off said negroes by the facility of the said River should a decree be rendered against him." The petitioners seek an order to require the defendant to give bond with good security or command the sheriff to seize the slaves until a final decree is rendered.
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:PAR #20183005; Writ of Attachment, 9 April 1831; Final Decree, October Term 1832; Orders, Request for Appeal to Supreme Court, Bond of John Hatfield, 11 October 1832; Certification of Proceedings, 26 December 1832; Writ of Error, John Hatfield, January Term 1833
Pages of Related Documents:10

People Associated with Petition 20183106

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama

  • Alabama Supreme Court Cases, John Hatfield vs Montgomery Belcher, 9 January 1833
  • Page: 1-7, 21-25, 177-82

Processing Information

Record Created:8/27/1996
Record Final Edited:7/2/1999
Record Last Updated on:3/9/2007 9:58:00 AM