Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20382703 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Nicholas Ridgely, Chancellor of the State of Delaware (RIDGELY, Nicholas)
Filing Date:1827-March-21
Ending Date:circa 1828

General Petition Information

Abstract:William Pinkerton Burton owned one hundred and fifty acres of land on Burton's Island in Dagsborough Hundred, Sussex County, being "of very considerable Value and Productiveness." Burton died in 1810, survived by seventeen-year-old Comfort and fifteen-year-old Betsy, "two young, ignorant and heedless Girls, the sole Inhabitants of a small Tenement, having but one Room under its Roof, and in an obscure and secluded Situation." A short time later, Joshua Ingram "affected to be their Friend and Protector." He sent his male slaves to work the land and the slaves lived with the two girls "by Day and by Night." It was "ruinous" both to their "Fortune and Character." Betsy died in 1811 and from then until the time of his death, although not legally her guardian, Comfort charges, Burton was "in Receipt of a very considerable Sum of Money, from the Rents and Profits of the said real Estate." He never rendered any account to Comfort, who described herself as "a poor, ignorant, uneducated and helpless Cripple." She seeks restitution from the executor of Ingram's estate. Depositions allege that Comfort cohabited with one of Ingram's slaves and bore three children.
# of Petition Pages:30
Related Documents:Deposition, William Burton Jr., William B. Morris, 21 February 1828; Depositions, Jesse Mumford, Samuel Mumford, 22 February 1828; Depositions, Nancy Burton, Peter Waples, 25 February 1828; Decree, ca. 1828
Pages of Related Documents:13

People Associated with Petition 20382703

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • Records of the Chancery Court, Case Files
  • Record Group: 4835
  • Document Number B#46
  • Folder: 84
  • Microfilm: Reel 8

Processing Information

Record Created:11/8/1995
Record Final Edited:2/17/2000
Record Last Updated on:12/1/2005 11:27:00 AM