Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20785413 Details

Location Type:County
Filing Date:circa 1854-August

General Petition Information

Abstract:On 7 October 1832, Noel Waddle's will stipulated that Fanny was to be emancipated upon achieving thirty-five years of age. Fanny claims that in July 1854 she reached the required age to be free. She charges, however, that Waddle's widow Ruth and her husband William continue to hold and keep her in a state of slavery. Fanny states "that she is now bearing a child, and that her anxiety is consequently increased, that she be set at liberty." She "prays that she be set at liberty and her hire be decreed to her." The defendants argue that Fanny will not be thirty-five years old until 12 July 1855. When the court rules in 1855, it is clear that Fanny is free. However, the court concludes that her son John is a slave as it determined that Fanny was not free when he was born.
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Amended Petition, 29 August 1854; Answer, William H. and Ruth Wheeler, 17 November 1854; Bill of Sale, Christopher C. Philips to William H. Wheeler, 20 July 1848; Depositions, William B. Walters, Joshua Martin, and Nancy C. Waters, 2 January 1855; Motion, ca. 1855; Order, 20 July 1855; Sheriff's Return, 20 July 1855; Decree, 17 December 1855
Pages of Related Documents:20

People Associated with Petition 20785413

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:3

Citation Information

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

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Equity/Chancery Cases
  • Box: 9

Processing Information

Record Created:6/11/1996
Record Final Edited:11/2/2000
Record Last Updated on:7/19/2006 12:35:00 PM