Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20284603 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon: the Judge of the Clark Circuit Court in Chancery sitting
Filing Date:1846-November-17
Ending Date:1848-March-15

General Petition Information

Abstract:The petitioners are the widow and nine of the fourteen children of the late Benjamin Dickinson of Clark County. They are suing the other five children of the deceased. They claim that, during his lifetime, Benjamin Dickinson gave each of his children, upon his or her marriage, some slaves as advancement on his or her future inheritance. The petitioners assert that they and their spouses are now ready and willing to settle the estate, but that their co-heirs refuse to do so. In 1848, when the court finally orders that commissioners proceed to the settlement and distribution of the property among the heirs, the estate contained approximately seventy slaves, adults and children, some of whom had been allocated to the widow as her dower share of the inheritance. This is in addition to the twenty slaves that had been given to the children at the time of their marriage in prior years.
# of Petition Pages:13
Related Documents:Certificate of Publication, 11 March 1847; Publication of Bill, ca. 1847; Commissioners' Report, 15 March 1848
Pages of Related Documents:25

People Associated with Petition 20284603

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: Clark County Historical Association Archives, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas

  • Records of the Circuit Court
  • Document Number 2,179

Processing Information

Record Created:11/15/1995
Record Final Edited:5/28/1999
Record Last Updated on:1/17/2008 2:15:00 PM