Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20185114 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Wylie [sic] W. Mason Chancellor of the 16th District Middle Division of Alabama at Tuskegee (MASON, Wiley W.)
Filing Date:1851-February-26
Ending Date:1853-May

General Petition Information

Abstract:When Catharine Phillips married her husband, Samuel G. Phillips, in 1845, he had neither money nor property. In 1847, her brother, James M. Anthony, gave to her and the heirs of her body a twelve-year-old slave named Charlotte. One year later, her father-in-law, Wilder Phillips of the state of Georgia, made a similar gift of a sixteen-year-old girl named Louisa. The two deeds of gift stipulated that the slaves were "for her sole & separate use & free from the Control or any of the liabilities or debts of her husband." Charlotte and Louisa worked in the boarding house operated by Catharine, who also sold poultry and ran a dairy. With her profits, she bought a forty-five-year-old male slave named Handy for three hundred dollars, held in trust by her husband "free and exempt from all his debts, liabilities, & demands." When her husband's mercantile business failed and he became "much embarrassed" and "largely insolvent," his creditors went after Catharine's slaves. She petitions to keep the creditors and the sheriff "perpetually enjoined & forever restrained from proceeding to sell under execution at law either of the Slaves Charlotte, Louisa, or Handy."
Result:granted; appealed; affirmed
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Exhibit A-Deed for Charlotte, James Anthony to Catharine Phillips, 22 July 1847; Certification of Deed, 9 August 1847; Exhibit B-Deed for Louisa, Wilder Phillips to Catharine Phillips, March 1848; Exhibit C-Deed for Handy, Nathaniel H. Clanton to Samuel G. Phillips, in Trust for Catharine Phillips, 20 December 1849; Fiat [Missing Pages]; Opinion and Decree, Phillips v. Bridges, May 1853; Order, May 1853; Certification of Case Transcript, 30 May 1853
Pages of Related Documents:9

People Associated with Petition 20185114

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:5

Citation Information

Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama

  • Alabama Supreme Court Cases, Records 1854
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  • Volume: 177
  • Page: 1-6, 33-37
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Processing Information

Record Created:11/10/1995
Record Final Edited:7/5/1999
Record Last Updated on:5/24/2007 9:08:00 AM