Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184619 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Lowndes
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Anderson Crenshaw Chancellor of the Southern Chancery Division of the State of Alabama, Sitting for the 12th District at Hayneville (CRENSHAW, Anderson)
Filing Date:1846-February-2
Ending Date:1849-June-2

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1823, James M. Pearson of South Carolina gave his wife Elizabeth Gill a trust estate of ten head of cattle, two horses, household furniture, and four slaves, including Hannah and her children: Isabella, Peter, and Jackson. Later the couple moved to Alabama, and Hannah bore the following children: Sam, Anthony, Eprhaim, Isby, Mariah, and Margaret, while Mariah gave birth to three children, including Hannah and two others whose names are not provided. When Pearson died in around 1836, his father, James A. Pearson, "got said negroes into his possession and sold & disposed" of them. Although the trust deed has been lost, the slaves dispersed, and Hannah has died, Elizabeth Gill seeks the return of her trust slaves, or "the value of said negroes in money" together with "the value of their hire." The related court decree reveals that it is probably that James M. Pearson probably did not have title to the slave family he gave to his wife; the slaves were either loaned to him by his father or the descendants of a slave loaned to him by his father.
Result:dismissed
# of Petition Pages:8
Related Documents:Decree, 29 May 1849
Pages of Related Documents:6

People Associated with Petition 20184619

Slaves:11
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:4
Petitioners:9
Other People:4

Citation Information

Repository: Lowndes County Courthouse, Hayneville, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Final Record Chancery Court
  • Volume: 5
  • Page: 347-351; 438-441

Processing Information

Record Created:11/6/1995
Record Final Edited:11/28/1999
Record Last Updated on:4/26/2007 3:31:00 PM