Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184905 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon. Joseph W. Lesesne Chancellor of the Southern Division of said State, 12th Chancery District (LESESNE, Joseph W.)
Filing Date:1849-September-14
Ending Date:1850-November

General Petition Information

Abstract:In January 1848, the sheriff of Lowndes County, seized and sold a slave named Mourning from Michael O'Connor for nonpayment of debts. O'Connor was in possession of the slave by virtue of his marriage to Sarah Youngblood. He charges that Sheriff James K. Whitman confederated with James K. Whitman, a creditor, and Thomas B. Youngblood, Sarah's son from a former marriage, to defraud him. O'Connor writes that after taking Mourning into his possession, the sheriff put her up for bid, announcing that she was the property of his wife, Sarah O'Connor, with a lifetime title restriction. As a result, at the auction Mourning fetched a sale price of only $101, one-fourth of her value. While Thomas Youngblood was bidding for the slave, James Whitman remained silent. In this way, O'Connor explains, the creditor received the small amount due him, and the buyer got a bargain on the slave. O'Connor claims that he was the true owner of the slave. He seeks to have her returned to him along with the value of her yearly hire from the time of the sale to the present.
# of Petition Pages:6
Related Documents:PAR #20185008; Subpoena, 14 September 1849; Supplemental Bill, 7 October 1850; Agreements, 8 January 1851, 7 October 1850; Notice, 27 August 1851; Report of Register, 11 October 1851; Decree, November 1850
Pages of Related Documents:8

People Associated with Petition 20184905

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Lowndes County Courthouse, Hayneville, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Final Record
  • Volume: 7
  • Page: 375-380; 385-392

Processing Information

Record Created:11/9/1995
Record Final Edited:11/20/1999
Record Last Updated on:5/15/2007 12:00:00 PM