Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184617 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Sumter
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon. Anderson Crenshaw, Chancellor for the Southern Chancery Division of the State of Alabama (CRENSHAW, Anderson)
Filing Date:1846-April-27
Ending Date:1846-June-5

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1845, Elpha Young filed a suit against her husband, James A. Young, for breach of contract, contending that he refused to pay her an income from her separate property as required in their marriage agreement. Shortly before the sheriff served papers in the case, James Young "sold or gave and conveyed away all his property, both real and personal," except two slaves, Daniel and Mima, cited in the contract. Young gave Abraham Pennington, his son-in-law, a slave named Davy, age thirty; he gave his son Robert Young a slave named Jim, age about forty-five, and Maria, about eight; he gave his daughter Eleanor, or Nelly, Quinney a woman named Rody, about twenty-five, and her son Henry, about eight. He also gave away his horses, mules, cattle, and land. He did so, Elpha Young contends in a supplemental bill of complaint, to thwart the arguments in her original suit. She asks for a subpoena requiring the defendants to give a "full, true, direct and perfect answer" to her charges. Elpha's related original suit reveals that, by a clause of the marriage contract, James Young had given Mima and Daniel to his new bride.
Result:granted
# of Petition Pages:8
Related Documents:PAR #20184513; Deed of Gift, James A. Young to Abraham Pennington, 22 September 1845; Deed of Gift, James A. Young to Eleanor Quinney, 22 September 1845; Deed of Gift, James A. Young to Robert Young, 22 September 1845; Decree, 5 June 1846
Pages of Related Documents:7

People Associated with Petition 20184617

Slaves:7
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:4
Petitioners:2
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Sumter County Courthouse, Livingston, Alabama

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

Processing Information

Record Created:11/6/1995
Record Final Edited:11/27/1999
Record Last Updated on:4/26/2007 12:46:00 PM