Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20183203 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To The Honorable Andrew Crenshaw Judge of sixth Judicial Circuit of the State of Alabama exercising Chancery Jurisdiction (CRENSHAW, Andrew)
Filing Date:1832-March-20

General Petition Information

Abstract:Drusilla McMeans and her children claim ownership of a female slave and her six children. Becky was bequeathed to Drusilla by her father Rheuben Allen as a life estate. In his will, dated 5 March 1812, Allen gave "one negro woman with her increase named Becky which negro has heretofore been loaned to my daughter Drusilla to be hers during her natural life and after her death to be equally divided between her children the heirs of her body." Because Drusilla "was at the time of the said bequeath covert of Isaac McMeans," her husband took possession of the slaves when Allen died. The McMeans family moved to Alabama, taking with them Becky and children. The petitioners state that at present Isaac McMeans is "much involved in debt and that he is probably wholly insolvent." They point out that his creditors have obtained judgments against him, and "have levied an execution on all the said Negroes slaves and will proceed to sell the same unless restrained by the injunction of Your Honor." The petitioners insist that "the said Negroes are the seperate property of your Oratrix Drusilla and after her death of your other Orators jointly," yet the defendants pretend that the terms of the will stipulate that Isaac McMeans has a vested interest in the slaves. The petitioners therefore seek an injunction to prevent a sale of the slaves and ask that Hubbell Pierce be appointed as trustee. They also pray that the court will award a writ of subpoena directing the defendants to answer the bill of complaint. In her amended petition, Drusilla McMeans informs the court that she and her husband had in fact made a gift of the slaves to their children before the husband got involved in debt.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:PARs #20183301, #20183917; Copy of Will, Rheuben Allen, 5 March 1812; Certification of Rheuben Allen's Will, 12 August [?]; Certification of Facts, Hubbell Pierce, 28 February 1832; Subpoenas, Isaac McMeans, et al., 2 March 1832; Answer, Isaac McMeans [Pages Missing]; Affidavit, Isaac McMeans, 4 March 1833
Pages of Related Documents:4

People Associated with Petition 20183203

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: Talladega County Judicial Building, Talladega, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Final Records 1849-1853, 1839
  • Volume: 7
  • Page: 429-35, 444

Processing Information

Record Created:4/22/1998
Record Final Edited:8/26/1999
Record Last Updated on:3/12/2007 9:01:00 AM