Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184803 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Wylie W Mason Chancellor of the Middle Division of the State of Alabama and exercising Chancery Jurisdiction in the 17 Chancery District at Dadeville Alabama (MASON, Wylie W.)
Filing Date:1848-May-3
Ending Date:1848-July-20

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1807, James Tate of Pendleton District, South Carolina, conveyed in a deed of gift to Margaret Speak, his daughter, a life estate in a slave named Rose, along with her "present and future increase." After Margaret's death, the slaves were to descend to her heirs. Margaret Speak died in 1838; her husband, Richard, had died the previous year. Sarah Speak, one of the couple's children still living in the family home took possession of the slaves, now consisting of Rose's children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Shortly after her parents' death, Sarah Speak married Benjamin Nixon. After Sarah's death in 1845, Benjamin Nixon kept possession of the slaves. Now, George T. Speak, Sarah's brother, writes that he has obtained a relinquishment deed signed by the other heirs giving him the right to four-fifths of "the value and interest of the slaves." He complains that Benjamin Nixon, who is insolvent or on the verge of becoming so, has "run off said Negro property to parts unknown," except Rose who is "old and of not much value," and Jinney who has escaped and is in his possession. George Speak seeks to prevent Nixon from regaining possession of Jinney, and asks a decree giving him "all the right title claim and interest of the negroes." A related testimony reveals that, during her lifetime, Margaret Speak had conveyed Jinney's title to Sarah Nixon, and that Benjamin Nixon was trying to regain possession of Jinney on that ground.
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:Deposition, Jesse Jolly, Butts County, Georgia, 12 May 1848; Appointment of Commissioners, 5 May 1848; Interrogatories to David Bailey, ca. May 1848; Deposition, Aaron Spivey, 13 May 1848; Final Decree, 20 July 1848
Pages of Related Documents:9

People Associated with Petition 20184803

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:6

Citation Information

Repository: Tallapoosa County Courthouse, Dadeville, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Minutes and Decrees Chancery Court, 1848-1852, Complete Record
  • Page: 70-74, 93-97,110-113

Processing Information

Record Created:11/2/1995
Record Final Edited:11/14/1999
Record Last Updated on:5/8/2007 2:29:00 PM