Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21084108 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable George Coalter Judge of the first Judicial District of the state of Mississippi (COALTER, George)
Filing Date:1841-August-16
Ending Date:1845-May-21

General Petition Information

Abstract:Rebecca Crouch states that she has been a free woman since 1838 when her former owner James B. Rowley obtained emancipation papers for her and her two-year-old daughter Adeline from the mayor of Mobile. Crouch and her daughter Adeline then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where they lived with Polly Strange, another free woman of color, from July 1838 to June 1840. In the summer of 1840, the petitioner undertook a visit to Vicksburg. Her return was delayed until mid-April 1841, when she and her infant son, Roderick Random, booked passage back to Cincinnati on the steamship "Lexington." It was while on board the ship that she and her son were detained by order of attachment against her former owner Rowley. Crouch prays for liberty from unlawful imprisonment, attachment, and creditors' claims.
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:PAR #21084606; Order, 16 August 1841; Bond, James B. Rowley to Alexander G. McNutt, 16 August 1841; Orders, 6 August 1841; Answer, James B. Rowley, 24 January 1842; Certification, 23 May 1838; Power of Attorney, J. B. Rowley to Dr. Sterling Neblett, 1 August 1840; Deed of Manumission, 9 April 1840; Depositions, James B. Rowley and Dr. Sterling Neblett, 16 June 1842; Court Record, 1 November 1842; Deposition of Sterling Neblett, 20 November 1844; Court Ruling, n.d.
Pages of Related Documents:13

People Associated with Petition 21084108

Free Persons of Color:2
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Center for American History, the University of Texas, Austin, Texas

  • Natchez Trace Slaves and Slavery Collection

Processing Information

Record Created:11/30/1996
Record Final Edited:5/29/2001
Record Last Updated on:1/30/2008 5:06:00 PM