Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184502 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Dallas
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Joshua L. Martin Chancellor of the Middle Chancery Division of said state (MARTIN, Joshua L.)
Filing Date:1845-January-3

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1842, Henry J. King, conveyed to Damaris Barnes, and her four children, nineteen slaves to hold "share & share alike, the said Negroes and their increase forever." Damaris gave King two notes for $1,250 each, payable twelve months and two years afterwards, and took possession of the slaves. Later, Damaris married Elza Bland, who "assumed the Control and direction of most of said slaves, and evinced a disposition to possess, manage and use" them for his own benefit. In 1845, the two eldest children, Lucretia and William, ages eighteen and sixteen, left home because of their stepfather's abuse, and now live with their guardian, John S. Barnes, who, along with the other children, has now filed suit seeking compensation of four-fifths of the value of the services of the slaves. They are "family Negroes," Barnes says, and the children feel an "unusual family attachment for them." The plaintiffs ask that the sheriff "take possession of said slaves" and retain them in "safe Custody" until a decree can be issued.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:9
Related Documents:Copies of Deed, Henry J. King to Damaras Barnes, et al., 18 May 1842; Affidavit, 6 June 1842; Bond, John S. Barnes, 6 January 1845; Attachment, 6 January 1845; Sheriff's Return, 7 January 1845; Replevin Bond, 7 January 1845
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 20184502

Slaves:20
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:2
Petitioners:5
Other People:4

Citation Information

Repository: Dallas County Courthouse Annex, Selma, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Chancery Records 1845-1847 Vol. F
  • Page: 433-444

Processing Information

Record Created:10/26/1995
Record Final Edited:12/6/1999
Record Last Updated on:4/10/2007 4:46:00 PM