Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20183903 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honb. J. T. Haraway Judge of the County Court of Lauderdale County (HARAWAY, J. T.)
Filing Date:1839-January-6
Ending Date:1839-January-6

General Petition Information

Abstract:Lewis and Oscar Roffee, executors of Allen Burton's estate, note that Burton's will directs them to emancipate the slaves belonging to the estate. The court, however, ruled that instead of manumission, the slaves "by late decree of his honor the Chancellor have been declared subject to distribution among the heirs." The petitioners assert "that from the number and ages of the slaves and the great number of shares into which they are required to be divided, that distribution cannot be made of them in any kind, fairly equally & beneficially among the parties entitled thereto." The petitioners instead propose "that your Honor will grant them an order to make sale of said slaves," enabling them to divide the proceeds from the sale.
# of Petition Pages:1
Related Documents:Decree, 6 January 1839
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 20183903

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Lauderdale County Courthouse, Florence, Alabama

  • Records of the Probate Court, Inventory Book A4 1840-1844
  • Book: Inventory Book A4
  • Page: 17-18

Processing Information

Record Created:4/29/1998
Record Final Edited:7/6/1999
Record Last Updated on:3/20/2007 2:42:00 PM