Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184104 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honl the Chancellor of the Northern Chancery Division of the State of Alabama Sitting at Talladega fourth District
Filing Date:1841-May-24
Ending Date:1842-July

General Petition Information

Abstract:Joshua Cain seeks to protect his interest in the slave Sally and her children whom he purchased from John Stubblefield, his son-in-law, on 18 April 1839. Cain states that at the time of the purchase, he left the slaves in Stubblefield's possession to take care of his daughter, who was in ill health. After her death, Cain took possession of the slaves and has had them ever since. In May of 1840 Stubblefield's father petitioned the circuit court for the recovery of the slaves -- based on his claim to a life estate in the slaves -- and a jury rendered a verdict against Cain, assessing him "an aggregate of two thousand dollars and one cent damages for the detention of the same [slaves]." The value includes not only Sally and her two daughters whom Cain purchased from William Stubblefield in 1839, but also another child of Sally, whose named is now known, valued at $250. Cain asks that his interest in the slaves be affirmed and that Stubblefield be restrained from taking possession of the slaves.
Result:dismissed; appealed
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:Bill of Sale, William Stubblefield to Joshua Cain, 18 April 1839; Deed of Gift, John Stubblefield to William Stubblefield, 6 February 1837; Certification of Filing, 8 February 1837; Judge's Fiat, 24 May 1841; Bond, Cain, et al., 24 May 1841; Answer [Missing Pages], John Stubblefield, 4 June 1841; Decree and Minutes, ca. July 1842
Pages of Related Documents:4

People Associated with Petition 20184104

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Talladega County Judicial Building, Talladega, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, [Final Records] 1841-1842
  • Volume: 2
  • Page: 358-62; 371-72

Processing Information

Record Created:10/25/1995
Record Final Edited:8/3/1999
Record Last Updated on:3/26/2007 11:28:00 AM