Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184841 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon Joseph W Lesesne Chancellor of the Southern Division First Chancery District of said State at Mobile (LESESNE, Joseph W.)
Filing Date:1848-July-19
Ending Date:1850-January

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1827, William Patterson Sr. died intestate in Baldwin County, Alabama, leaving a large estate of "Lands, Negroes, and a large Stock of Cattle, Horses, Hogs &c." A short time later, William's widow remarried and then died shortly thereafter, and so did four of their sons. The surviving son and heir, William Patterson Jr., a minor, grew up and became, according to his aunt, the petitioner, a habitual drunkard. He "was in the continual habit of drinking ardent and intoxicating spirituous Liquors," she wrote, "and [was] almost perpetually drunk." According to the petitioner, William Jr. was "by nature an idiot, and that he was incompetent to hold and manage property in his won proper person. In 1845, William Jr. married Elizabeth Scypes. He died in 1847. The petitioner, Mary Wheeler, who is William's aunt, contends that Elizabeth Scypes married her nephew "for the Sole and avowed purpose alone of obtaining the possession and ownership of the property then in his possession." William Patterson Jr. conveyed in trust his property to Stephen Barclay for his wife. Now, following William Patterson Jr.'s death, Mary Wheeler sues the widow. She seeks, among other things, the fourteen slaves in the estate, arguing that her nephew was not only a drunkard but mentally incompetent to manage his property.
# of Petition Pages:9
Related Documents:PAR #20184917; Sheriff's Returns, 28 August 1848 and 31 August 1848;
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 20184841

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: University of South Alabama Archives, Mobile, Alabama

  • Chancery Cases, Not Divorces
  • Document Number 1428

Processing Information

Record Created:11/7/1995
Record Final Edited:12/6/2000
Record Last Updated on:5/16/2007 3:22:00 PM