Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20185108 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Pickens
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Chancellor of the Middle Chancery Division of the State of Alabama
Filing Date:1851-November-15
Ending Date:1851-November

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1841, Elizabeth Woolfolk sold to Thomas Carpenter of Sumter County a slave for $1,001. The bill of sale "bound herself, her heirs, Executors, administrators and assigns forever to defend the right and title of said Negro slave" against the claims of "all persons whomsoever." In 1849, however, Alfred E. Going, as administrator of Thomas Woolfolk's estate, sued Carpenter for $1,772, the value of the slave. Carpenter claimed that he had lost his bill of sale, and when the Greene County Court ruled against him in 1850, he appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court. While this suit was pending, Carpenter learned that Elizabeth and her new husband, Arthur McCracken, were planning to leave Pickens County where they lived. Carpenter seeks a writ "restraining them under penalty from removing from said state."
Result:granted; dismissed
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:Subpoena, Arthur McCracken, 15 November 1851; Decree, July 1853
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 20185108

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

Citation Information

Repository: Pickens County Courthouse, Carrollton, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Estates
  • Document Number 1
  • Box: 11-16

Processing Information

Record Created:11/8/1995
Record Final Edited:7/4/1999
Record Last Updated on:5/23/2007 4:57:00 PM