Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20185616 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Randolph
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable John Foster, Chancellor in and for the Northern Division of the State of Alabama (FOSTER, John)
Filing Date:1856-August-13

General Petition Information

Abstract:During the early 1850s, Ruth Williams, fearful of a twelve or fourteen-year-old male slave named Pickens, whom she had received by division of property given by her mother to her two daughters, asked her husband William Williams to sell or trade the slave and acquire a black woman in the boy's stead. William Williams did so, and in 1852 purchased Nancy, fifty or sixty years of age, with his wife's money, but he also signed an "individual note for a part of the purchase money, which arrangement she states she knew nothing about at the time, nor until long afterwards." Now Ruth Williams, who claims to be illiterate, sues through her next friend William A. B. Falkner, asking the court to prevent her husband's creditors from seizing Nancy, arguing that she could not read the original bill of sale and that she trusted her husband who said he had bought the woman in her behalf.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:8
Related Documents:Bill of Sale for Nancy, Zachariah R. T. McGuire to William Williams, 19 January 1852; Exhibit A-Transfer of Bill of Sale, William Williams to Ruth Williams, 15 January 1853; Exhibit B-Correction of Bill Sale of Nancy, 3 February 1855
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 20185616

Slaves:3
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:2
Other People:5

Citation Information

Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama

  • Alabama Supreme Court Cases, Supreme Court Record [1861]
  • Volume: 248
  • Page: 1-8

Processing Information

Record Created:10/23/1998
Record Final Edited:10/1/1999
Record Last Updated on:6/20/2007 7:15:00 PM