Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184621 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Barbour
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Anderson Crenshaw, Chancellor of Said Division (CRENSHAW, Anderson)
Filing Date:1846-March-17
Ending Date:1846-November

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1827, Georgia slave owner Moses Walker executed a deed whereby he secured to his daughter Maria a separate estate "free from the marital right of her then present or any future husband." However, the lawyer who prepared the document failed to stipulate that the deed included property given to Maria other than by will, meaning property given to her during her father's lifetime. Over time, Moses Walker gave his daughter six slaves: Jacob, now about fifty, Ann, about forty, Dinah, twenty-eight, Beck, a woman about thirty, Louisa, about twenty-one, Ishmael about thirty-five. Since then, Beck has had a daughter named Jane, age eleven. In 1834, Maria married Captain Elisha Betts, and, three years later, they settled in Alabama. In 1843, though Elisha abandoned Maria, and the sheriff levied property left behind to satisfy his debts. Included in that property was the slave Ann. Maria Betts requests that the conveyances from her husband to creditors using her trust property as collateral be "set aside," that the creditors be perpetually enjoined from seizing any of her property, and that her trust estate be "reformed" to correspond with the intentions of her father. She also seeks a divorce and alimony.
Result:granted
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:Copies of Deed, Elisha Betts to George W. Gunn, 20 March 1843; Deed of Trust, Burke County, Georgia, Moses Walker to Maria Nelson, 29 November 1827; Subpoena, 7 April 1846; Decree, Fall 1846; Fiat, 6 April 1846; Deposition, C. C. Mills, 7 November 1846; Interrogatories, 4 September 1846; Deposition, Abram Greeson, Walton County, Georgia, 10 October 1846; Register's Orders, 17 September 1846; Interrogatories, 4 September 1846; Deposition, Green B. Haynes, Walton County, Georgia, 10 October 1846; Decree, November 1846
Pages of Related Documents:19

People Associated with Petition 20184621

Slaves:14
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:7
Petitioners:2
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Barbour County Clerk's Office, Clayton, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Records
  • Volume: C
  • Page: 1528-1536; 1556-1568; 1624-1625

Processing Information

Record Created:11/6/1995
Record Final Edited:11/28/1999
Record Last Updated on:5/1/2007 4:12:00 PM