Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20585209 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable J. Wayles Baker, Judge &c. (BAKER, J. Wayles)
Filing Date:1852-March-30
Ending Date:1852-March-30

General Petition Information

Abstract:John B. and Elizabeth A. Keen “entered into a contract of marriage” whereby a female slave named Eliza was conveyed to Alfred A. Fisher “in trust for complainants during their joint lives." The Keens now seek authorization to sell Eliza and use the money to buy a house and lot, to be held in trust by Fisher for themselves and their daughter Ellen. They report that John is "greatly afflicted" and desires this sale because he is "feeble and unable to" provide the funds through his own industry. The petitioners reveal that Eliza "does not have children, although she is about twenty eight years of age, and has for several years been married. She will therefore constantly diminish in value during the lives of your orator and oratrix" and may be "of little value or no value" to their child Ellen upon their deaths. They therefore request that their trustee "be authorized and instructed to sell said slave, and to invest the proceeds of said sale in the purchase of said house and lot."
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Answer, Alfred Fisher, 27 March 1852; Order, 30 March 1852; Answer, Ellen B. Keen by Alfred Fisher, 27 March 1852; Decree, 30 March 1852
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 20585209

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Florida State Archives, Tallahassee, Florida

  • Chancery Case Files
  • Record Group: Series L60
  • Box: Carton 12
  • Folder: 770

Processing Information

Record Created:1/3/1996
Record Final Edited:2/18/2000
Record Last Updated on:1/7/2008 4:30:00 PM