Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20785002 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon Judge of the Fayette Circuit Court in chancery seting (, )
Filing Date:1850-January-21
Ending Date:1850-November-30

General Petition Information

Abstract:Nineteen-year-old Rebecca is suing Venus Breckenridge, a black woman, for freedom and back wages. Rebecca states that she was born in 1831, a slave of Thomas Stephenson. In April 1837, she was purchased for $180, by John Gilbert. The petitioner declares Gilbert "purchased her for the expressed purpose of setting her free, and allowing her to live with her father Leander." Her father, a free person of color, "in all probability furnished Gilbert a portion of the money" to make the purchase. Leander and his family moved to Kentucky, where Rebecca was raised as free. Leander purchased "an old negro woman" named Venus Breckenridge, with whom he "associated and cohabitated." Leander has since died, and Breckenridge claims Rebecca as her slave and has hired out her services. Rebecca asks for protection from "the rapacity of this old woman" who is "endeavoring unjustly and inhumanely" to seize her liberty.
# of Petition Pages:6
Related Documents:Answer, John Gilbert, 8 March 1850; Bill of Sale, Edward Allender to John Gilbert, 26 May 1835; Commissioner's Report, 3 August 1839; Statement, John Gilbert, 29 February 1839; Answer, Venus Breckenridge, 14 February 1850; Deposition, John Gilbert, 7 September 1850; Decree, 30 November 1850
Pages of Related Documents:15

People Associated with Petition 20785002

Free Persons of Color:2
Other People:4

Citation Information

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

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Case Files
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  • Document Number 686
  • Box: 132
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Processing Information

Record Created:11/8/1995
Record Final Edited:12/7/2000
Record Last Updated on:6/30/2006 1:54:00 PM