Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184002 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Lawrence
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Chancellor of the Northern Division of the State of Alabama, in Chancery Sitting at Moulton (, )
Filing Date:1840-January-24
Ending Date:1847-April-29

General Petition Information

Abstract:David Cannon, son of Susannah Cannon Thomas, seeks return of a slave belonging to his late mother and an account of proceeds from the slave's hire. The petitioner claims that the slave, fourteen-year-old Moses, was mortgaged by Susan Thomas for $400 to Joseph Martin in 1819. Cannon states that at the time Moses was worth $800 and his hiring proceeds since that time have averaged $120 per year. His mother died sometime around 1827, and Cannon became administrator of his estate in 1838. Upon assuming administration of the estate, he went to Joseph Martin and demanded the return of Moses, noting that the slave's annual hire since the agreement more than covered the amount of the loan. Cannon says that he "made this demand for the purpose of instituting a suit against the said Joseph," but he was prevented from proceeding further by Joseph's death. In the meantime, Joseph had given Moses to his son, Hunter Martin, who is now administrator of his father's estate. Cannon seeks the return of the slave and an account of his hire. In his answer, Hunter Martin asserts that he found a document among his father's papers proving that there Susannah Thomas had sold the slave to his father, and the great length of time elapsed since then made David Cannon's request a "monstrosity."
Result:dismissed
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Letter of Administration, 27 January 1838; Answer, William H. Martin, 31 May 1841; Orders, 1841-April 1847; Decree, 29 April 1847
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 20184002

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

Citation Information

Repository: Lawrence County Historical Commission Archives, Moulton, Alabama

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Processing Information

Record Created:10/24/1995
Record Final Edited:7/31/1999
Record Last Updated on:3/22/2007 12:21:00 PM