Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20381401 Details

State:Delaware
Location:Sussex
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Chancellor of the State of Delaware
Filing Date:1814-June-21

General Petition Information

Abstract:Shortly before Samuel Jackson Bailey's death, his son Samuel Bailey prevailed upon him to "execute a Certain Instrument of writing" giving him nine slaves. After his death, James Badley, in behalf of his minor son Samuel Badley, and Roger Phillips, in behalf of his minor son Samuel Phillips, grandchildren of the deceased, charge that Samuel Bailey obtained the slaves by fraud. The slave owner was ninety years old, they assert, "and for a long time before and at that time under great debility of both Body and Mind, addicted to the intemperate use of Strong drink and almost blind & from such Causes rendered incapable of knowing his own Children, of attending to his business and unable to write his own name." In fact, they claim, Samuel J. Bailey bequeathed them two of the slaves, James and Betty. They ask the court to subpoena Samuel Bailey and Thomas Bailey, another son of the deceased, to answer their complaint.
Result:dismissed; appealed
# of Petition Pages:8
Related Documents:Decree, 1814; Appeal, 10 June 1817; Deposition, George Moore, 5 June 1815; Deposition, Thomas Freeny, 7 June 1815; Depositions, Jonathan Bailey, Elisha Badley, Louday Goslin, Leah Taylor, John Bennett, John Shehes, 28 June 1815; Deposition, Robert Stout, 10 July 1815; Depositions, Levin Moore, William Relph, Samuel Elliott, William Elzey, 21 June 1815; Depositions, William Hobbs, Isaac Phillips, Thomas Walker, Stephen D. Bailey, John Badley, 22 June 1815; Depositions, Francis Brown, George Robinson, 27 June 1815; Deposition, John Wilson Carpenter, 3 July 1815; Depositions, John Dashill, Mary Relph, Richard Phillips Sr., 8 July 1815
Pages of Related Documents:40

People Associated with Petition 20381401

Slaves:13
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:2
Petitioners:4
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • Records of the Chancery Court, Papers
  • Record Group: 4835
  • Document Number B3
  • Box: A#1
  • Folder: 28
  • Microfilm: Reel 8

Processing Information

Record Created:11/8/1995
Record Final Edited:2/17/2000
Record Last Updated on:11/11/2005 4:20:00 PM