Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20183503 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judge of the second Judicial Circuit of the State of Alabama in Chancery sitting for the County of Bibb (, )
Filing Date:circa 1835
Ending Date:1841-December-15

General Petition Information

Abstract:On 3 May 1830, Lucy and Rebecca Carlton, together with their son and brother, the late Isaac S. Carleton, mortgaged a nineteen-year-old slave named Lorenzo to Hardy Johnson to secure the payment of four hundred dollars. Johnson shortly thereafter "transferred said mortgage and the possession of said slave to one James W. Davis." According to an agreement made with Davis, the petitioners could redeem the slave at any time provided that "he was not taken out of a growing crop." In May of 1832 and again in February 1834, the petitioners attempted to pay Davis and reclaim possession of the slave. Both times, Davis refused to accept their money and refused to return the slave, "alledging that he would rather pay the costs of a suit than ... part with the possession of said slave," whose hire, the petitioners claim, "was worth one hundred and twenty dollars a year." The petitioners seek restoration of the slave and compensation in the amount of the value of his hire.
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Mortgage, 3 May 1830; Subpoena, Johnson and Davis, 17 September 1835; Demurrer, Johnson and Davis, 26 January 1836; Amendment to Bill, Fall Term 1836; Answer, Johnson, n.d.; Certificates of Authorization, Lucy and Rebecca Carleton, 4 May 1830; Bill of Sale, Johnson to Davis, 29 April 1831; Amended Answer, Hardy Johnson, et al., Spring Term 1837; Order, February Term 1841; Order, 15 December 1841
Pages of Related Documents:8

People Associated with Petition 20183503

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Shelby County Archives, Columbiana, Alabama

  • Chancery Court Record #2 1839-46
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  • Page: 129-32, 143
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Processing Information

Record Created:10/19/1995
Record Final Edited:6/23/1999
Record Last Updated on:3/13/2007 4:32:00 PM