Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184908 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Tallapoosa
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Chancellor presiding at Dadeville Talladega County Alabama (, )
Filing Date:1849-April-2
Ending Date:1854-May

General Petition Information

Abstract:James A. Pearson, an elderly slave owner from Lowndes County, writes that in 1844 he "became embarrassed in his pecuniary affairs" and traveled to Tallapoosa County, to ask his son-in-law, Isaac T. Smith, for a loan. His son-in-law's father, also Isaac Smith, agreed to loan him $196, but asked Pearson to put up as collateral three slaves--January, a blacksmith, and "Sillar a Girl and Jack a boy." When asked to sign a bill of sale for his slaves, Pearson balked, but he later agreed when Isaac T. Smith offered him a promissory note for four hundred dollars signed by father and son. During the next few years, Isaac T. Smith, "disregarding the dictates of honesty and fair dealing," conspired and confederated with his father to defraud Pearson of the labor of his slaves, even when Pearson, his wife, and his daughter moved to Isaac T. Smith's farm and lived with the family. In 1849, Pearson asks that the note be revoked, the bill of sale cancelled, and the slaves returned, as their labor has more than compensated the Smiths for the original loan.
Result:granted
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Promissory Note, Isaac Smith, Isaac T. Smith, to James Pearson, 9 March 1844; Final Decree, May 1854
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 20184908

Slaves:3
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:2
Petitioners:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Tallapoosa County Courthouse, Dadeville, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Minutes and Decrees Chancery Court 1852-1855: Complete Record
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Processing Information

Record Created:11/15/1995
Record Final Edited:12/23/1998
Record Last Updated on:5/15/2007 3:20:00 PM