Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20185301 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Lowndes
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon. Joseph W. Lesesne, Chancellor of the Southern Division of Alabama (LESESNE, Joseph W.)
Filing Date:1853-January-4
Ending Date:1853-May

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1850, Catharine Ferguson, owner of "a very likely negro girl slave" named Emaline or Puss, and five other slaves, married William Whittle Sr. On Christmas Day 1852, William "secretly abandoned his house" and "carried off the said negro slave Emaline or Puss-- and has fled to parts unknown." The wife sues for the return of her slave, or payment, and asks that William be removed as her trustee and that she be declared a free dealer with the authority to possess, control, and manage her separate estate. The court grants her petition; Catharine is allowed to manage her property, together with "the rents, issues, proceeds, and profits thereof." She also regains possession of Emaline.
Result:granted pro confesso
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Copies of Order, 17 March 1853; Affidavit, R. M. Williamson, 17 March 1853; Order, 4 January 1853; Subpoena, 6 January 1853; Bond, Elizabeth Wilson, 4 January 1853; Injunction, 5 January 1853; Attachment, 6 January 1853; Bond, William Whittle, 10 January 1853; Agreement, 28 January 1853; Orders, 10 January 1853, May 1853; Decree, May 1853
Pages of Related Documents:8

People Associated with Petition 20185301

Slaves:7
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:4
Petitioners:2
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Lowndes County Courthouse, Hayneville, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Final Record
  • Volume: 8
  • Page: 596-607

Processing Information

Record Created:11/9/1995
Record Final Edited:7/6/1999
Record Last Updated on:5/30/2007 9:26:00 AM