Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20183804 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Lowndes
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit in and for the State of Alabama exercising Jurisdiction in Chancery
Filing Date:1838-September-12
Ending Date:1839-July

General Petition Information

Abstract:John N. Smith seeks to settle a title dispute involving four slaves purchased by him in 1836 from Thomas W. Pastell. The petitioner, "not having any reason to suspect a fraudulent intent" purchased the slaves for $4800. Shortly after the sale, Smith discovered that the slaves belonged to Charles Williams in trust for a Mrs. Mary W. Pastell and her children. Smith refuses to pay the balance of the debt for the slaves until he receives legal title. He charges that Thomas Pastell and Mary Pastell gave him an invalid deed in order to obtain payment. Now Mary Pastell has initiated a suit against Smith to force payment of the debt. Smith seeks an injunction preventing her from further prosecuting her suit. In addition, he asks the court to nullify the debt until he receives a lawful title to the slaves.
Result:dismissed
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:Bond, John N. Smith, et al., to Mary Pastell, 29 September, 1838; Bond, John N. Smith, et al., to Andrew Hutchinson, 29 September 1838; Order, Fall 1838; Petition for Guardianship, Mary Pastell, 1 April 1839; Bill of Sale, 28 September 1836; Bill of Transfer, Williams to Smith, 26 June 1837; Certificate, 21 June 1837; Order, 21 June 1837; Letter, John Smith, 20 June 1837; Letter, Mary Pastell, 10 September 1837; Answer, Thomas Pastell [Missing Pages], n.d.; Exceptions to Answers, July 1839; Dismissal, July 1839
Pages of Related Documents:4

People Associated with Petition 20183804

Slaves:4
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:10
Petitioners:1
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Lowndes County Courthouse, Hayneville, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Chancery Records, Records 1839
  • Volume: A
  • Page: 170-177, 186

Processing Information

Record Created:10/23/1995
Record Final Edited:7/7/1999
Record Last Updated on:3/19/2007 9:46:00 AM