Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20183605 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Madison
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable George W. Lane, Judge of the fifth Judicial Court of the State of Alabama exercising Chancery Jurisdiction in and for Madison County (LANE, George)
Filing Date:1836-November-13
Ending Date:1842-May

General Petition Information

Abstract:Cornelius Todd received a loan from John Hardie, putting up three slaves as collateral. One of the slaves, Jack, thirty-four years of age and of "yellow complexion," was valued at seven hundred dollars. Hardie possessed Jack from October 1828 until March 1830, at which Todd regained possession. Over the next six years, however, Jack passed into the possession of several men, and even temporarily returned under Todd's control. Todd asserts that his debt has long since been paid, but that the slave is now laboring in the possession of one James Hill, who refuses to return him. Todd seeks recovery of the slave and payment for his hire. In his related answer to the charges, Hardie contends that Jack was sold to him, not mortgaged as collateral for a debt, and that he had a right to resell him. His contention is supported by the other defendants who claim that they each purchased Jack with a bona fide title to him.
Result:dismissed
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Answers, John Hardie, Solomon Spence, 9 March 1837; Answer, James Hill, 27 April 1837; Answers, Joseph Perkins [also Pickens] and William Wright, 30 September 1837; Amended Bill, Cornelius Todd, 3 May 1838; Transcript of Orders, various dates; Amended Bill, Cornelius Todd 5 November 1841; Depositions, John Morris, John Simpson, William Gardner, 13 June 1840; Decree, May 1842
Pages of Related Documents:7

People Associated with Petition 20183605

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:5
Petitioners:1
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: Madison County Public Library Archives, Huntsville, Alabama

  • Records of the Chancery Court, Chancery Record 1841 Vol. M C23-11
  • Document Number C23-11
  • Volume: M
  • Page: 102-09; 129-30

Processing Information

Record Created:10/23/1995
Record Final Edited:6/17/1999
Record Last Updated on:3/15/2007 10:44:00 AM