Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20185509 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon A J Walker chancellor of the 29th Chancery District of the Northern Division of the state of Alabama (WALKER, A. J.)
Filing Date:1855-May-11

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1846, William Weeden died possessed of a large and valuable plantation and a number of slaves. In his 1845 will, Weeden bequeathed sums of money to his children by a first marriage, among whom is the petitioner, Frederick A. Weeden. He left the rest of his estate, real and personal, to his second wife and their children. Frederick Weeden asserts that, according to his father's will, he is entitled to a three-thousand-dollar bequest that has never been paid by either the former administrator of the estate, Alexander Ewing, or by the current administrator de bonis non, William Read. Furthermore, Frederick Weeden takes issue with Read's insistence "that it requires & has taken the proceeds arising from the property belonging to the estate of the said Weeden dec to pay the debts and expenses incurred in supporting the family and improving the plantation." This is contrary to the terms of the will. He especially takes issue with the use of funds due him for the purpose of supporting his father's last child, a girl born after his death and therefore not provided for in the will. He prays that the court will require the administrator to pay him his due including interest.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:8
Related Documents:Questions for Defendants, 11 May 1855; Affidavit, Nick Davis Jr., 5 July 1855; Exhibit A-Will, William Weeden, 27 June 1845; Exhibit B-Inventory/Appraisement, Estate of William Weeden [Missing Pages], n.d.
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 20185509

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Huntsville Madison County Public Library Archives

  • Records of the Chancery Court, Chancery Record 1857
  • Book: C-24-6
  • Volume: V
  • Page: 122-32

Processing Information

Record Created:11/13/1995
Record Final Edited:8/17/1999
Record Last Updated on:6/12/2007 2:48:00 PM