Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20382606 Details

State:Delaware
Location:Sussex
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Chancellor of the State of Delaware
Filing Date:1826-January-14

General Petition Information

Abstract:Elzey Spicer died in 1821 and left his daughter Caty Spicer Fletcher two slaves, Rose and her son William. Shortly afterwards, Fletcher and her husband were sued for an old debt, and the sheriff confiscated the two slaves, putting them on the auction block. Caty and her brother Curtis Spicer, executor of their father's estate, agreed that Curtis should purchase the slaves and turn them over to Caty; however, after purchasing them for seventy-five dollars, he refused to turn over William and sold Rose in his sister's behalf but kept the money. The "Conduct and Dealing" of Curtis, the Fletchers charge, was unfair and illegal, and after Curtis's death in 1823, they sue Rhoda Spicer, Curtis's widow and the executrix of his estate, seeking reimbursement.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:10
Related Documents:Answer, Rhoda Spicer, 14 January 1826; Depositions, James Macell, William Jefferson, 25 July 1826
Pages of Related Documents:7

People Associated with Petition 20382606

Slaves:3
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:2
Other People:4

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • Records of the Chancery Court, Case Files
  • Record Group: 4835
  • Document Number F#8
  • Folder: 162

Processing Information

Record Created:11/9/1995
Record Final Edited:2/18/2000
Record Last Updated on:12/1/2005 9:26:00 AM