Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184613 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Montgomery
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Anderson Crenshaw Chancellor of the Southern Division of said State (CRENSHAW, Anderson)
Filing Date:1846-August-26
Ending Date:circa 1846

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1844, John Strom purchased from Henry F. Slatter of New Orleans a slave named James for $690, but within four or five days James died from pleurisy "or a disease of like character." Slatter, the petitioner, contends that James was in good health when sold to Strom, but that he caught "pleurisy" from exposure to intemperate weather only a couple of days after the sale and while in Strom's possession. Slatter further contends that, at first, Strom did not make any demands on him but, being in small pecuniary circumstances, requested him to bear half the loss. Slatter denied the request. In 1845, however, Strom sued Slatter, who owned land in the city of Montgomery, arguing that James was sick when he was sold. The next year, Strom won a civil suit with a jury awarding him seven hundred dollars. Now, in a countersuit, Slatter contends that James died "from exposure to bad weather" and "was sound and free from disease" when sold. Slatter asks for an injunction restraining Strom "and all others his agents and attornies from the collecting of said judgment and any further proceedings."
Result:dismissed
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Copies of Affidavit, John Strom, 30 December 1844; Bond, 30 December 1844; Attachment, 30 December 1844; Declaration, John Strom, Spring 1845; Final Decree, ca. 1846
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 20184613

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

Citation Information

Repository: Montgomery County Courthouse, Montgomery, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, [Records Chancery Court, 1846]
  • Page: 217-220; 250-251

Processing Information

Record Created:11/2/1995
Record Final Edited:11/27/1999
Record Last Updated on:4/25/2007 3:47:00 PM