Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20185317 Details

Location Type:County
Filing Date:1853-May-23
Ending Date:1853-November

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1841, Tennessee slave owner James Pitman, of Roane County, gave his grandchildren, William and Sarah Lamira Pitman, two slaves: Lyshia, about twenty-five, and her small child Patsey. The slave Lyshia has since the gift given birth to three more children: Benjamin Franklin, Oliver Cromwell, and Governor Daniel, "all of whom are boys and very young." William and Sarah Pitman live in Alabama, and both their father and mother are dead. Sarah has now come of age and William, still a minor, must be educated. The petitioner, who is William's guardian represents that funds are needed for William's education and there is no other property to be used for that purpose. He therefore seeks permission of the court to sell the slaves.
Result:granted pro confesso
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Exhibit-Copy of Deed of Gift, James Pitman to Sarah and William Pitman, 16 December 1841; Report Read, November Term 1853; Sales Report, May 1854; Order, May Term 1854; Register's Report, November Term 1854; Report Read, November Term 1854; Confirmation of Report, 21 November 1854
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 20185317

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:6

Citation Information

Repository: Tallapoosa County Courthouse, Dadeville, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Minutes and Decrees Chancery Court 1852-1855: Complete Record
  • Page: 617-19; 624-26

Processing Information

Record Created:11/10/1995
Record Final Edited:7/19/1999
Record Last Updated on:6/1/2007 10:21:00 AM