Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20185414 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Chancellor of the Southern Chancery division of the State of Alabama
Filing Date:1854-February-20

General Petition Information

Abstract:When David Tate died in 1829, his daughter, Josephine, inherited a portion of his sizeable estate. As Josephine was a minor at the time of her father's death, the property went to the possession of her mother and guardian, Margaret Tate. Margaret kept and managed the property with the assistance of her son, William T. Power, until Josephine's marriage to James B. Driesback. The property consisted of a plantation on the Alabama River, four hundred head of cattle, and twenty-two slaves. In subsequent years, the slaves were hired out "for large amounts," and the cattle "greatly increased in number & value." Following the death of her mother and of William T. Powell, Josephine and James Driesback sue Powell's heirs, his widow, and the administrator of his estate. They seek an account of the profits and interest on Josephine's property during the years that it was managed by Powell and her mother.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:8
Related Documents:Exhibit A-Receipt, Margaret Tate to J. D. & J. B. Driesback, 10 December 1844; Exhibit E-Will, Margaret Tate, 28 November 1850; Certification of Margaret Tate's Will, 27 March 1851; Exhibit F-Deed, Margaret Tate to William T. Powell, 30 October 1847; Certification of Deed, 1 November 1847; Inventory of Real and Personal Property, Josephine Tate, 28 February 1836
Pages of Related Documents:6

People Associated with Petition 20185414

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: University of South Alabama Archives, Mobile, Alabama

  • Records of the Chancery Court
  • Document Number 1839

Processing Information

Record Created:11/13/1995
Record Final Edited:7/28/1999
Record Last Updated on:6/7/2007 1:32:00 PM