Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184503 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Lowndes
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Anderson Crenshaw Chanceller of the Southern Chancery Division sitting for the 12th Chancery District at Hayneville (CRENSHAW, Anderson)
Filing Date:1845-January-25
Ending Date:circa 1849

General Petition Information

Abstract:In February 1840, Peter Williamson and Arthur F. Williamson became farming partners, renting a plantation from Edmund Tatum on the Alabama River in Lowndes County. They agreed to divide the profits in proportion to the number of slaves each provided (Peter nine and Arthur five) and that Peter's overseer Richard Clanton would work the hands. Before the crop was harvested, Arthur complained that Peter was indulging "a negro woman in a state of pregnancy ... although the said negro was employed in the service of the family during the time she was withdrawn from the labours of the plantation." To satisfy his partner, Peter agreed to split that year's cotton profits of $1,178.19 down the middle. The two had another dispute over Peter's purchase of "a negro boy named Dick." The partnership continued, however, but in 1845 Peter filed suit, charging, among other things, that Arthur failed to produce an account of profits from the 1843 cotton crop, and refused to pay his share of the bills. The dispute also involved a debt due by Arthur for the hire, in the year 1839, of a slave belonging to William Tatum, a minor, who was Peter's stepson and for whom Peter was guardian.
Result:abated
# of Petition Pages:14
Related Documents:Affidavit, Peter Williamson, 25 January 1845; Subpoena, 11 February 1845; Sheriff's Return, 17 February 1845; Second Report of the Register, 8 Mary 1849; Order, ca. 1849
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 20184503

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

Citation Information

Repository: Lowndes County Courthouse, Hayneville, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Final Records
  • Volume: 6
  • Page: 312-325, 449

Processing Information

Record Created:10/26/1995
Record Final Edited:12/7/1999
Record Last Updated on:4/11/2007 10:47:00 AM