Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184513 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Sumter
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon. Anderson Crenshaw Chancellor in and for the Southern Chancery Division of the State of Alabama (CRENSHAW, Anderson)
Filing Date:1845-September-20
Ending Date:circa 1845

General Petition Information

Abstract:Prior to their marriage in 1841, James A. Young signed an agreement granting his wife-to-be, Elpha McDaniel, title to a plantation, and ownership to several slaves, including Mimma, Daniel, and "a negro man, worth six or seven hundred dollars." He did so, Elpha explains, to induce her to marry him as he is an old man "feeble and infirm in body," while she is young, vigorous, and healthy. Elpha says that her husband is now "ill disposed and ill natured towards her without cause or provocation." He is attempting to get rid of her property, despite the contract, and to sell his own property to prevent her from receiving it after his death. She fears that she will be left "a helpless widow, nearly destitute of all means of support, except her own personal exertions, and the cold charities of a selfish world." Illiterate and unfamiliar with the law, she asks that a trustee be appointed to take possession of the property mentioned in the contract, and that her husband be forced to provide for her welfare.
Result:partially granted
# of Petition Pages:9
Related Documents:PAR #20184617; Marriage Contract, James A. Young and Elpha McDaniel, 3 November 1841; Order, ca. 1845
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 20184513

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

Citation Information

Repository: Sumter County Courthouse, Livingston, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Estate
  • Document Number 193

Processing Information

Record Created:10/27/1995
Record Final Edited:12/9/1999
Record Last Updated on:4/26/2007 12:11:00 PM