Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184209 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Anderson Crenshaw Chancellor of the Southern Chancery Division (CRENSHAW, Anderson)
Filing Date:1842-December-6
Ending Date:1846-November

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1819 William H. Compton executed a deed of gift to his daughter Euphemia Compton Stafford whereby she would receive "a negro girl named Tisby and her increase, remainder to the heirs of said Euphemia." Both Tisby and Euphemia bore children -- Tisby bore a son named Nelson and Euphemia gave birth to the petitioner, Mary Stafford McDonald. Now Mary McDonald and her husband, Neal McDonald, sue one Seaborn Lewis claiming that, by a pretended 1835 purchase from James Stafford, the late Euphemia's husband, he defrauded them of Nelson, their rightful inheritance. The McDonalds claim that Lewis received Nelson from Stafford to pay a gambling debt, while he well knew that the slave belonged to Mary, Euphemia's heir. They ask that the slave be returned to them and that an account be made of his yearly value since he has been in Lewis's possession. They estimate that "said negro slave is worth Five hundred dollars & that his yearly value ... is about forty dollars." The McDonalds hasten to add "that said negro boy is valuable to them as a part of a family of slaves having been raised in the family ... and that no pecuniary consideration would induce them to give up their claim to him."
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Affidavit, Neal McDonald, 6 December 1842; Deed of Gift, William Compton to Euphemia Stafford, 4 January 1819; Subpoena, 6 December 1842; Sheriff's Return, 7 December 1842; Copy of S. C. Statutes [Missing Pages], 31 October 1844; Publication and Exceptions to Testimony, November 1846; Dismissal, November 1846
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 20184209

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: Circuit Court Clerk's Office, Clayton, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Records
  • Volume: C
  • Page: 1473-75; 1506-07

Processing Information

Record Created:10/30/1995
Record Final Edited:10/12/1999
Record Last Updated on:3/29/2007 11:12:00 AM