Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184810 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Sumter
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Joseph W. Lesesne, chancellor of the Southern Chancery Division of the State of Alabama (LESESNE, Joseph W.)
Filing Date:1848-May-24

General Petition Information

Abstract:When Nancy Griffith died in 1835, her will stipulated that her daughter, Caroline Colgin, should have the "use and benefit of her whole estate, real, personal, and mixed" during her natural life. Griffith also stipulated that following her daughter's death, the estate, including "a large number of valuable slaves," should be equally divided among her daughter's children. When Caroline died in 1839, however, the slaves did not go to her children. Instead, they were "seized and sold" by the sheriff to pay her husband's debts. Several of the slaves, including twenty-year-old Jesse, were then worth more than eight hundred dollars; and a number of them would hire out for at least two hundred dollars per year. Now, Caroline's children sue their own father, Edward B. Colgin, as well as the buyers of the slaves, to get compensated for the loss of their inheritance.
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# of Petition Pages:7
Related Documents:Orders, 2 October 1848
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 20184810

Slaves:5
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:11
Petitioners:11
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Sumter County Courthouse, Livingston, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Estates
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  • Document Number 286
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Processing Information

Record Created:11/3/1995
Record Final Edited:11/15/1999
Record Last Updated on:5/10/2007 10:47:00 AM