Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184409 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Sumter
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon. Anderson Crenshaw, Chancellor of the 3rd District and Southern Chancery Divission of the State of Alabama (CRENSHAW, Anderson)
Filing Date:1844-December-23
Ending Date:1845-June

General Petition Information

Abstract:James Hair, administrator of the estate of Sarah Boyett, charges that Missouri Boyett claims wrongful title to slaves belonging to the estate. Hair notes that Sarah's will, dated 25 November 1841, clearly bequeaths her ten slaves to several of her children. However, on 23 May 1842, Sarah Boyett conveyed the same slaves to Jesse Gibbs who in turn assigned his interest in these slaves to Missouri Boyett. Hair asserts that the conveyance to Gibbs was "nothing more, and nothing else than mortgages of the property ... to secure him in the payment of a large sum of money," which Hair claims was repaid in large part by Boyett before her death. He contends that Sarah Boyett thought that Missouri, her daughter, was acting as her agent in helping her regain ownership of her slaves. But Hair accuses Missouri of "intending, designing and contriving to cheat and defraud the heirs and legatees" and believes that she is planning to carry off said slaves "in a secret and clandestine manner." The petitioner asks that Missouri Boyett be restrained from leaving the state and that the sheriff take the slaves into his possession until the estate is settled.
Result:dismissed
# of Petition Pages:10
Related Documents:Affidavit, James Hair, 20 December 1844; Order, 20 December 1844; Affidavit, Jacob Metcalfe, 26 February 1844; Certification of True Copy of Sarah Boyett's Will, 20 December 1844; Copy of Sarah Boyett's Will, 25 November 1841; Conveyance Assignment, Gibbs to Boyette, 22 December 1843; Affidavit, 6 May 1844; Certification of Conveyance Assignment, 19 December 1844; Bills of Sale, Boyette to Gibbs, 23 May 1842; Affidavit of Witness [Missing Pages], n.d.; Decree, June 1845
Pages of Related Documents:8

People Associated with Petition 20184409

Slaves:10
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:1
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Sumter County Courthouse, Livingston, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Estates
  • Document Number 24

Processing Information

Record Created:11/1/1995
Record Final Edited:11/23/1999
Record Last Updated on:4/9/2007 9:56:00 AM