Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20185506 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable John Foster Chancellor of the Northern Chancery Division of the State of Alabama presiding for the 29th District (FOSTER, John)
Filing Date:1855-March-7
Ending Date:1856-June

General Petition Information

Abstract:Benjamin B. Rodgers, guardian of the four minor children of William Parker, deceased, asks to sell a slave belonging to the estate. The children were granted undivided interest in thirteen slaves belonging to the estate of their late father at the time of his death in Mississippi. Rodgers informs the court that he has "incurred debts for the maintenance & Education of his said wards which exceed three hundred dollars," and requests authorization to sell the slave Harry, forty-five years of age, in order to satisfy debts of the estate. Harry's wife and children live in Noxubee County, Mississippi, and are under the control of one David Young, who has agreed to pay one thousand dollars so that Harry may remain with his family. Rodgers does not specify whether Young is the owner of Harry's family or merely administering on another person's property. Rodgers states that the sale price is "the full market value of said slave & in fact a very high price for him."
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Summons, George and Elizabeth Parker, 8 March 1856; Order, 11 April 1856; Summons, Margaret and Mary Parker [Missing Pages], n.d.; Decree, 6 June 1856; Continuance, 9 December 1856; Report of Sale of Harry, 5 March 1857; Confirmation of Report of Sale, 2 June 1857
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 20185506

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Huntsville Madison County Public Library Archives

  • Records of the Chancery Court, Chancery Record
  • Book: C-24-6
  • Volume: V
  • Page: 50-3, 57-8

Processing Information

Record Created:11/13/1995
Record Final Edited:8/17/1999
Record Last Updated on:6/12/2007 12:58:00 PM