Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184706 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable David L. Ligon Chancellor of the Northern chancery Division of the State of Alabama, presiding for the 32nd District at Huntsville (LIGON, David G.)
Filing Date:1847-January-4
Ending Date:1849-December-8

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1832, William Lewis died intestate, leaving a widow, Catharine, and four children, Mary, John, Charles, and Joseph. Catharine and George Connally became administrators of the estate. In 1834, Catharine married Cortez D. Kavanaugh, and Kavanaugh became administrator of the estate by virtue of hi marriage to Catherine, as well as the children's guardian. In 1835, a man named John Blevins, without the consent of the administrator or guardian, took "Little Bill," a slave belonging to the estate, to south Alabama. During that year Little Bill died. Kavanaugh agreed not to prosecute Blevins if he would replace Little Bill, and Blevins did so in February 1837, purchasing a slave named Jack, for $1050, and turning him over to Kavanaugh. According to the Lewis children, the bill of sale was erroneously drawn in Kavanaugh's name rather than to the estate he administered. And now Kavanaugh, who is insolvent, claims Jack as his own property. The petitioners seek an injunction to prevent Kavanaugh or his creditors from selling or disposing of the slave; they also seek a decree "to convey said negro Jack to said distributees."
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Affidavit, Alexander Ewing, 4 January 1847; Order for Injunction, 4 January 1847; Affidavit, John B. Eldridge, 27 May 1848; Orders, 30 May 1848, 6 December 1848, 7 December 1849; Final Decree, 8 December 1849
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 20184706

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: Madison County Public Library Archives, Huntsville, Alabama

  • Records of the Chancery Court, Record 1849-1851, Vol. Q, C 24-1
  • Page: 8-11; 19

Processing Information

Record Created:11/2/1995
Record Final Edited:11/30/1999
Record Last Updated on:5/3/2007 2:28:00 PM