Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20381001 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honourable Nicholas Ridgely Esquire Chancellor of the State of Delaware (RIDGELY, Nicholas)
Filing Date:circa 1810

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1805, Solomon Evans, of Sussex County, declared in his will that following the death of his wife Agness, then in her eighties, his slave Abraham should be free. He appointed his son, Solomon Evans the younger, as executor. In 1808, the father died, and the son, according to Abraham, attempted to deceive him by telling him that he and his brother Purnell were slaves for life. The son then offered him a proposition. If Abraham would purchase his own time for a few years, Solomon would approach the other heirs and seek to obtain a deed of manumission. Ignorant of the provision in the will, and "desirous of the enjoyment of Freedom," Abraham promised to pay Solomon two hundred dollars in several annual installments. In 1809, Agness died, and now, Abraham, learning of the provisions in the will, sues for his freedom.
# of Petition Pages:8
Related Documents:PAR #20381002; Answer, Solomon Evans, 15 August 1810; Copy of Answer, Solomon Evans, 15 August 1810; Agreement, 10 June 1811; Bond, Abraham Evans to Solomon Evans, 19 October 1808; Depositions, Jehu Bennett, Benjamin Holland, Eby Walter, Ezekiel Williams, Benjamin Holland, Eby Walter, 26 June 1811; Depositions, Richard Jefferson, Job Jefferson, 8 July 1811; Interrogatories for Defendant, 10 June 1811; Interrogatories for Complainant, ca. 1811
Pages of Related Documents:49

People Associated with Petition 20381001

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • Records of the Chancery Court, Case Files
  • Record Group: 4835
  • Document Number N#3
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  • Folder: 179
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  • Microfilm: Reel 8

Processing Information

Record Created:11/8/1995
Record Final Edited:2/18/2000
Record Last Updated on:11/7/2005 2:22:00 PM