Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20185105 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Sumter
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Chancellor, for the third District of the southern Chancery Division, of the state of Alabama
Filing Date:1851-October-23

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1841, William H. Jemison purchased five slaves--a Negro man named David, a girl named Judy, a boy named Isaac, Jenny and Rachel--for nineteen hundred and fifty dollars from Claiborne Griffin, who signed a warranty guaranteeing their titles. A year or so later, Griffin died, leaving his property as a life estate to his wife Sarah, who also died leaving the estate to Archibald, James, and Daniel Griffin. When, in 1851, a group of claimants argued that the slaves were actually part of the legacy of a Georgia widow and should be turned over to them, Jemison sought the assistance of Claiborne Griffin's heirs to verify his warranty. They not only refused, but secretly transported their own slaves to Mississippi so that no claims could be made against them. Jemison institutes a suit to obtain "security & indemnity" on Claiborne's warranty on the titles of the slaves.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:15
Related Documents:PAR #20185338; Copies of Bill of Sale, Claiborne Griffin to W.H. Jemison [Jemmison], 6 February 1841; Demand, Thomas Pinkney Smith, 14 August 1851; Will, Claiborne Griffin, 21 April 1841; Order, 13 October 1851
Pages of Related Documents:10

People Associated with Petition 20185105

Slaves:11
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:7
Petitioners:1
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Sumter County Courthouse, Livingston, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Estates
  • Document Number 386

Processing Information

Record Created:11/7/1995
Record Final Edited:7/3/1999
Record Last Updated on:5/23/2007 11:50:00 AM