Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184526 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Sumter
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honorable Anderson Crenshaw, Chancellor of the Southern Division of the State of Alabama, in the Third District, at Livingston in the County of Sumter, exercising Chancery Jurisdiction (CRENSHAW, Anderson)
Filing Date:1845-February-22
Ending Date:1851-February-26

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1826, Temperance B. Eaton and Lunsford L. Alsobrook of Warren County, North Carolina, signed a premarital agreement placing Temperance's eight slaves in a trust estate for her sole and separate use. In 1836, the couple moved to Alabama, taking with them seven of the trust estate slaves and a new slave traded for the one left behind in North Carolina. In 1838, Temperance asserts, the slaves were "wrongfully and illegally" taken out of her possession and sold at auction "under a certain Deed in Trust made by her said husband." One slave, Dick, was sold to Richard Inge, then to Thomas Tart. When Tart died, Dick came into the possession of Tart's estate administrator, William H. Pratt of Mobile County. Temperance Alsobrook sues Pratt as well as her husband, a "lunatic" from whom she is separated in bed and board, for "the value & amount of the hire & services" of Dick. She argues that Dick is worth fifteen hundred dollars with a yearly hire worth two hundred dollars.
Result:granted
# of Petition Pages:10
Related Documents:Indenture, Warren County, North Carolina, Lunsford L. Alsobrook to Temperance B. Eaton and William A. Eaton, 7 June 1826; Report of the Register, 5 May 1851
Pages of Related Documents:6

People Associated with Petition 20184526

Slaves:9
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:2
Petitioners:2
Other People:5

Citation Information

Repository: Sumter County Courthouse, Livingston, Alabama

  • Records of the Probate Court, Estates
  • Document Number 163

Processing Information

Record Created:11/6/1995
Record Final Edited:11/28/1999
Record Last Updated on:4/19/2007 10:38:00 AM