Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184623 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Shelby
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honerable Joshua L Martin Chancellor of the Middle Chancery Division of the State of Alabama in which is situated the District composed of Shelby County (MARTIN, Joshua L.)
Filing Date:1846-August
Ending Date:1846-November-1

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1838, in order to pay off a small debt and take some time for travel, John E. Hughs conveyed to his brother Abner A. Hughs "seven likely negro slaves," including Alexander, a man; Henderson, age eighteen; Dinah thirty-four; Patsy twelve; Jerry ten; Harry eight; and Reuben about five. In 1840, John Hughs died, and his sister and brother-in-law, Simeon Chapman, became administrators of his estate. Simeon Chapman, suing with his wife, Mary E. Hughs Chapman, now seeks to force Abner to "pay the hire or so much as shall be left after deducting the amount due him and his distributive share." They also sue the other heirs who have declined to join them in their suit. They request that the slaves be sold and the proceeds distributed among heirs.
Result:dismissed
# of Petition Pages:8
Related Documents:Subpoena, 6 August 1846; Final Decree, 1 November 1846
Pages of Related Documents:4

People Associated with Petition 20184623

Slaves:7
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:7
Petitioners:2
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Shelby County Archives, Columbiana, Alabama

  • Records of the Chancery Court, Chancery Court Record #2 1839-1846
  • Page: 197-200; 237-238

Processing Information

Record Created:7/3/1996
Record Final Edited:11/29/1999
Record Last Updated on:5/1/2007 9:30:00 AM