Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20183603 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Madison
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Daniel Coleman, at present, the presiding Judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit, for the State of Alabama exercising chancery jurisdiction for Madison County (COLEMAN, Daniel)
Filing Date:1836-October-24

General Petition Information

Abstract:In October 1823, William Allen, "in consideration of the natural love and affection which he bears to Martha Coleman (his daughter) and for the further consideration of Five Dollars," sold nine slaves to his grandsons, William Coleman Jr. and Jones D. W. G. Coleman, "as Trustees for the benefit of said Martha," their mother and the wife of William Coleman Sr. The slaves were to be used "in the support and maintenance of the said Martha and in the education and support of her unmarried children, without the interference or control of her husband the said William Coleman sen." After Martha's death the slaves and all profits from their hire were to be divided among Martha's children. The petitioners, also Martha's children, argue that the estate was mismanaged by William and Jones Coleman, who sold slaves and land belonging to the estate and kept the proceeds, and by John Coleman, who succeeded William and Jones as trustee. The petitioners ask for an accounting of the trust and for the appointment of new trustees to administer it.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Indenture, William Allen, 30 October 1823
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 20183603

Slaves:16
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:9
Petitioners:7
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: Madison County Public Library Archives, Huntsville, Alabama

  • Records of the Chancery Court, Circuit Court 1836-1838 Vol. H C23-8
  • Document Number C23-8
  • Box: Circuit Court 1836-1838
  • Volume: H
  • Page: 85-89; 103-14

Processing Information

Record Created:10/23/1995
Record Final Edited:6/17/1999
Record Last Updated on:3/14/2007 4:00:00 PM