Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20784803 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honerable Judge of the Christian Circuit Court in Chancery sitting (, )
Filing Date:1848-February-7
Ending Date:1849-September-28

General Petition Information

Abstract:In January 1828 Elisha Atkinson executed a deed of emancipation for his slave, Burrel. Elisha Atkinson, however, had given Burrel to Amos Atkinson about seven or eight years earlier. Amos Atkinson then sold Burrel to James Robinson in January 1845. Now a pauper, Burrel is suing Robinson for his freedom. Burrel claims that the $500 Robinson received for his hire was in fact a sum agreed upon by the two as the amount necessary for the purchase of Burrel's freedom. Burrel asserts that Robinson refuted the existence of the said deed of emancipation. He further charges that Robinson's administrators coerced him to sign a document on 26 January 1848, whereby he relinquished his right to freedom and claims to compensation for his labor. Burrel seeks liberty and back wages.
Result:granted; appealed; reversed and remanded
# of Petition Pages:7
Related Documents:Order, 7 February 1848; Receipt, 27 December 1849; Deposition, John S. Eaves Sr., 20 September 1848; Depositions, Andrew L. Martin and Charles F. Wing, 22 September 1848; Opinion, Court of Appeals, 28 September 1849
Pages of Related Documents:12

People Associated with Petition 20784803

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: Kentucky Division of Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, Kentucky

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Petitions in Equity
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Processing Information

Record Created:10/30/1995
Record Final Edited:11/7/2000
Record Last Updated on:6/22/2006 5:00:00 PM