Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20385701 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To The Honorable Kensey Johns Esquire Chancellor of the State of Delaware (JOHNS, Kensey)
Filing Date:1857-February-5
Ending Date:1857-March-12

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1823, William Shockley published his last will and testament, bequeathing to his wife Elisabeth a life estate in their land, farmhouse, outbuildings, livestock, and two slaves, James and Harriet. Shockley died a short time later, as did his wife. The estate and land reverted to their two daughters, Eliza and Keturah, both of whom married men named Davis. Eliza died in childbirth in 1824, and her husband, Henry Davis, gained possession of half of Shockley's land. In 1854, he sold the land to George S. Davis, one of the petitioners. The other daughter, Keturah, married John C. Davis, and the couple had seven children before he died in 1843. Following Keturah's death in 1856, members of the Davis families--Robert, George, Eliza Ann, and Mark Davis, on the one side, and minors Mary, Catherine, and Thomas Davis, on the other--seek to partition the land.
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:Subpoena, 5 February 1857; Appointment, John P. Hudson, 12 March 1857
Pages of Related Documents:5

People Associated with Petition 20385701

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • Records of the Chancery Court
  • Record Group: 1225
  • Document Number D#11
  • Folder: 150
  • Microfilm: Reel 8

Processing Information

Record Created:11/9/1995
Record Final Edited:2/16/2000
Record Last Updated on:12/2/2005 2:21:00 PM