Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20186330 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable William M. Byrd Chancellor of the Middle Chancery Division of the State of Alabama (BYRD, William M.)
Filing Date:1863-October-1
Ending Date:1866-January-4

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1856, an elderly widow, Elendor Price, put her mark on a deed transferring her slave Little Ike to her son Silas Price; the next year, she signed away two more of her slaves, Isaac and Henry. She had no education, could not read or write, and was not informed of what she was signing. Elendor stated that she was "infirm in mind and body from old age and disease and uneducated and ignorant was wholly unable to attend to her farm and the business appertaining thereto." She trusted her two sons, Silas and James Price, to manage her business affairs. Later, she was "astonished" to discover that she had been "deprived of all right and title in the three slaves," and saddened because she was "deceived and defrauded in her old age by her own son." Elendor believes that the slaves "are of great value," worth three times as much as her other property, and that Silas, along with co-conspirator Johnson McCauley, plans to take the slaves away. She wishes to distribute the slaves among her six children and asks that the transfer deeds be "set aside and annulled."
# of Petition Pages:10
Related Documents:Decree, 4 January 1866
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 20186330

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

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

  • Records of the Chancery Court, Case Papers
  • Box: 1850-1

Processing Information

Record Created:10/28/1998
Record Final Edited:11/8/1999
Record Last Updated on:8/27/2007 12:57:00 PM