Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184710 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Andrew Crenshaw Chancellor of the Southern Division of the State of Alabama aforesaid (CRENSHAW, Anderson)
Filing Date:1847-April-17
Ending Date:1854-November

General Petition Information

Abstract:By 1836, Clarke County slave owner William Matheson had acquired a sizable estate: a saw and grist mill on the Alabama River, a "great quantity" of wood to supply steamboats, bank bills from various states, bank stock in the Planters and Merchants Bank of Mobile, and "many slaves." In his 1836 will, he bequeathed a slave girl Phillis to his daughter Mariah, and a legacy of thirty thousand dollars to Mariah and his two other daughters, Flora McCaskey Matheson and Caladonia Matheson. He directed that beginning in 1832 Mariah should receive one thousand dollars a year for ten years when she would reach age twenty-one. This was to be paid out of his estate by his executors who were directed to keep the mills and plantation in operation. Following Matheson's death, John Murphy and John Darrington became administrators. But Mariah, a minor, did not receive her bequests. In 1847, she and her husband seek damages from Darrington (Murphy had died), including the original bequests from her father and profits from wood sales and cotton production during the 1830s and early 1840s.
# of Petition Pages:19
Related Documents:PARs #20184711, #20185405; Copies of Last Will and Testament, William Matheson, 2 April 1836; Judgment, 12 May 1838; Account of Cotton Sales, 1836-1846; Petition, John Darrington, 17 April 1847; Testimony, William C. Windham, Isaac Fuller, James M. Jackson; Exceptions of Complainants to Register's Report, 29 November 1854; Exception of John Darrington to Register's Report, 29 November 1854; Motion, 29 November 1854; Order, November 1854; Final Decree, November 1854
Pages of Related Documents:20

People Associated with Petition 20184710

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: Dallas County Courthouse Annex, Selma, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Chancery Records 1854
  • Volume: P
  • Page: 1-26, 40-59

Processing Information

Record Created:7/5/1996
Record Final Edited:12/4/1999
Record Last Updated on:5/4/2007 10:47:00 AM