Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20185807 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Tallapoosa
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honorable James B. Clark Chancellor in and for the middle division of the state of Alabama (CLARK, James B.)
Filing Date:1858-February-17
Ending Date:1859-May

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1838, Jeremiah Doss of Coosa County executed his Last Will and Testament, bequeathing his "valuable servant Gilbert now in the state of Georgia" to his father and mother during their life times and then to his brother and sisters. Jeremiah died a very short time later, and Gilbert went into the possession of Jeremiah's brother, Hiram H. Doss. In 1857, Juliann Hatcher, one of Doss's two surviving siblings, discovered that she was entitled to a one-half interest in Gilbert, something her brother Hiram had hidden from her. She had no reason to suspect her brother of fraud, she says, but he deceived her. She sues for an amount equivalent to half the hire of the slave (at least one thousand dollars) from the time her brother took possession of him until the present; she also asks for a sum equal to one half the slave's value with interest. She fears, however, that her brother has taken Gilbert out of the state or "sold him or otherwise disposed of him."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:14
Related Documents:Copy of Will, Jeremiah Doss, 14 October 1838; Amended Bill, Josiah Hatcher, 27 May 1858; Opinion, ca. 1858; Decrees, November 1858, May 1859
Pages of Related Documents:18

People Associated with Petition 20185807

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:2
Other People:5

Citation Information

Repository: Tallapoosa County Courthouse, Dadeville, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Chancery Cases Involving Slaves

Processing Information

Record Created:11/17/1995
Record Final Edited:9/11/1999
Record Last Updated on:7/3/2007 12:10:00 PM