Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184301 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Chambers
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable A. Bowie Chancellor of the Northern Division of the State of Alabama, holding the Chancery Court at Talladega in the fourth Chancery District (BOWIE, A.)
Filing Date:1843-May-8

General Petition Information

Abstract:The petitioners, Felix Stanley and William Blount, seek to settle a title dispute arising from a loan made by them to John Davis secured by "deed of trust or mortgage with power of sale on three negroes, slaves for life." The mortgage also covered a tract of land owned by Davis, who died before he could repay the note. The petitioners report that they are unable to receive a valid title to the land because John Freeman claimed title based on another deed of trust. Freeman has forcibly taken possession of the land, the dwelling house, and the crops and livestock. In addition, the petitioners fear Freeman "is committing waste on said land," resulting in "their security ... becoming more precarious." Stanley and Blount seek to "have the title to said land perfected" so that the mortgaged property, while it still has value, can be foreclosed and sold. Until such a decree, the petitioners ask that the land be leased and that Freeman account "for the rents and profits of said land" since it has been in his possession. The loan advanced by Stanley and Blount to John Davis was to pay a prior debt of $1875 to one Edward Bangle, for which debt Davis had mortgaged two of his slaves, Dilsey and Mahala. Stanley and Blount advanced the money to Davis in order to prevent the sale of the two slaves who had been seized and advertised for sale when Davis failed to pay the debt.
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# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Affidavit, Felix Stanley, 9 January 1840; Injunction, 9 January 1840; Promissory Note, Davis to Blount, et al., 27 February 1840
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 20184301

Slaves:4
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:5
Petitioners:2
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Chambers County Courthouse, Lafayette, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Record Book Middle Chancery District 1841-1853
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Processing Information

Record Created:10/25/1995
Record Final Edited:11/24/1999
Record Last Updated on:4/2/2007 2:57:00 PM