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PAR Number 20582701

State: Florida Year: 1827
Location: St. Johns Location Type: County

Abstract: Manuel Aquair seeks to foreclose on a loan for $425 that he made to Nicholas Morgan; he also asks the court to order Morgan to surrender the slave, July, who Morgan offered as collateral. Noting that Morgan has not repaid the debt, the petitioner believes he is entitled to said slave; Morgan, however, will not settle the debt or surrender the slave. Aquair therefore asks that Morgan "may be forever foreclosed and barred of and from his right or equity of redemption in the said negro slave so mortgaged."

PAR Number 20583102

State: Florida Year: 1831
Location: Jefferson Location Type: County

Abstract: William Bailey asks to foreclose on a loan made to Lewis Smith for the payment of a debt. Bailey states that Smith executed a "certain indenture or mortgage" on six slaves to secure a loan for the amount of $1,150 which Smith owed to John Armstead.

PAR Number 20583301

State: Florida Year: 1833
Location: Leon Location Type: County

Abstract: Thomas Wilkes Seabrook, William Kerr and Robert Sturges ask the court to foreclose on a loan they made to Joseph Seabrook. Seabrook mortgaged the slaves Jim and Nancy and their two children to secure a loan of $730. The obligation has not been met, and the petitioners ask that Seabrook "may be forever foreclosed and barred of and from his rights or equity of redemption in the said mortgaged property."

PAR Number 20583303

State: Florida Year: 1833
Location: Leon Location Type: County

Abstract: Green H. Chaires asks the court to foreclose on the loan he made to Charles C. Ash. Chaires loaned $300 to Ash, who put up his slave Dublin as collateral. Chaires states that "all which said sum of three hundred dollars with interest ... remain due and unpaid." He therefore prays that Ash "may be forever foreclosed and bared of and from his ... right or equity of redemption in the said mortgaged property."

PAR Number 20583501

State: Florida Year: 1835
Location: Leon Location Type: County

Abstract: Richard Hayward asks the court to foreclose on the mortgage made to him by William and Mary Carter. The Carters borrowed $216 from him, offering the slaves Cupid, Nancy, and Lucinda as security. Declaring that the debt has yet to be discharged, Hayward prays that "all persons ... may be forever foreclosed and barred of and from their ... rights or equity of redemption in the said negroes."

PAR Number 20583701

State: Florida Year: 1837
Location: Leon Location Type: County

Abstract: William Ponder states that Robert S. Miller died before repaying $1,350 that he borrowed from Ponder. As part of the loan agreement, Miller delivered the slaves Phillis and Sarah to Ponder as collateral. Now Ponder asks the court to foreclose on the mortgaged property and to bar Robert H. Berry and William Brodie, administrators of the Miller estate, as well as any other persons, from seeking "their rights or equity of redemption in the said mortgaged property."

PAR Number 20583702

State: Florida Year: 1837
Location: Leon Location Type: County

Abstract: George, Martin, and James Cameron, minor heirs of Jane Evans, seek a settlement of their late mother's estate. They charge that Alfred Evans, her second husband, has appropriated and mismanaged the estate that Jane brought to the marriage, which was "secured to her in fee simple, from any claim the Defendant might have from his intermarriage." They ask the court to subpoena Alfred Evans to account for Jane's estate, including the slaves. They further ask for an injunction restraining Evans from leaving the state.

PAR Number 20584101

State: Florida Year: 1841
Location: Jefferson Location Type: County

Abstract: Daniel Bird informs the court that in February 1840 William West mortgaged the slaves Ben, Nancy, and Nancy's child Ben to secure payment of a debt owed to Bird in the amount of $747.50. Stating that said debt "remains wholly unpaid and owing to him," Bird asks that the mortgage be foreclosed and that West be barred from any "right in and to said property."

PAR Number 20584104

State: Florida Year: 1841
Location: Leon Location Type: County

Abstract: Frederick Towle asks the court to foreclose upon a mortgage executed to him by David F. Wilson. Wilson mortgaged four slaves -- Henry, Arthur, George, and Jerry -- to secure the payment of a promissory note of $2,400. Towle states that the debt is still outstanding having "long since become due and payable."

PAR Number 20584108

State: Florida Year: 1841
Location: Jefferson Location Type: County

Abstract: Isaac E. Holmes, as executor of the last will and testament of Elizabeth Holmes, represents that the said Elizabeth loaned Arthur Holmes $6300 in 1827 and that, "in order to secure the payment of said principal sum of money together with lawful interest for the same," he executed a deed of mortgage for eighteen slaves. The petitioner states that the debt still remains due, "no part thereof having been paid or satisfied." Holmes therefore prays that in default of payment "the said Arthur Holmes and all persons claiming or to claim by, through or under him, may be foreclosed of and from all Equity of redemption and claim, of, in and to the said mortgaged negroes; and that said mortgaged negroes may by the order and decree of this honourable Court be sold."

PAR Number 20584301

State: Florida Year: 1843
Location: Jefferson Location Type: County

Abstract: John Bellamy seeks to foreclose on a mortgage for seven slaves, signed by Tilman D. Peurifoy on 8 January 1842 as security for a promissory note of $3,500. The plaintiff maintains that Peurifoy has "wholly neglected and refused and still doth refuse to pay the same or any part thereof to your petitioner." Bellamy asks that the slaves be sold, and if the proceeds of the sale are not sufficient to pay the debt, that other property of Peurifoy be subject to sale.

PAR Number 20584403

State: Florida Year: 1844
Location: Jefferson Location Type: County

Abstract: William G. Clark states "that he is entitled to the foreclosure" of a mortgage made by William West on 18 January 1840, wherein West mortgaged ten-year-old Tom and seven-year-old Jim to secure a debt of $570.18. Noting that $340 is still owed on said debt, Clark prays that William West "may be forever foreclosed and barred of and from his ... right or equity of redemption of in and to said mortgaged property."

PAR Number 20584405

State: Florida Year: 1844
Location: Jefferson Location Type: County

Abstract: John W. Baker, a resident of Georgia, seeks to foreclose on a mortgage executed by Artemus Baker on 7 February 1843, in which Artemus mortgaged fourteen slaves and other personal property as security for the payment of promissory notes amounting to $2879. The plaintiff represents that "no part of said note has as yet been paid."

PAR Number 20584411

State: Florida Year: 1844
Location: Leon Location Type: County

Abstract: In 1844, Jesse M. Robinson purchased "a certain negro girl named Judah aged about thirteen years" from Rutha Ann Alberson Burnett and her husband, Samuel W. Burnett and Jesse Atkinson, trustee of said Rutha Ann. Judah remained in Robinson's possession until she was seized by the marshal under an order issued in favor of James Newby against Rutha Ann's late husband, Joseph Alberson, to satisfy debts owed to Newby by Alberson's estate. Robinson seeks an injunction against the sale of Judah and a settlement of the dispute by the court.

PAR Number 20584612

State: Florida Year: 1846
Location: St. Johns Location Type: County

Abstract: In 1842, Washington Ives secured a loan of $350 loan to Abraham Bessent with a twenty-year-old slave named Hannah. Bessent informs the court that the loan is past due and instead of delivering "the said negro woman to your orator after default of payment of said sum of three hundred and fifty dollars, with interest ... agreed and stipulated to do, sold and delivered the said negro woman to one Thomas B Smith." Bessent asks that Ives and Smith answer his charges.

PAR Number 20584702

State: Florida Year: 1847
Location: Marion Location Type: County

Abstract: Abraham Jackson, a resident of Georgia, seeks to foreclose on a mortgage made to him by Joshua W. Saxon, in which Saxon mortgaged five slaves as security for $485 in promissory notes. The plaintiff states that the debt "still remains due & owing" and requests that a writ of attachment be issued to prevent Saxon from taking the slaves beyond the jurisdiction of the court.

PAR Number 20584910

State: Florida Year: 1849
Location: Marion Location Type: County

Abstract: William J. Way and William King, partners operating as Way and King in Savannah, Georgia, petition the court for assistance in collecting a debt. They explain that Lewis C. Gaines and Mary A. J. Gaines promised to pay the partners $1505 by February 1849, mortgaging three slaves, Jess, Armstead, and Henry, to secure the debt. Way and King say that the Gaineses have failed to satisfy the debt. They ask the court to subpoena Lewis and Mary Gaines and to order them to repay the debt or surrender their rights to the mortgaged slaves.

PAR Number 20584911

State: Florida Year: 1849
Location: Escambia Location Type: County

Abstract: On 20 June 1846, George Walker mortgaged thirty-five-year-old Ned and his twenty-six-year-old wife Milly, to George Willis, trustee and guardian of Byrd Willis Jr.; the mortgage secured a debt of $910, originally borrowed in 1842. Willis states that Walker has not discharged said debt and, with accrued interest, $1032.18 is now due. Willis asks the court to foreclose on the mortgage.

PAR Number 20585001

State: Florida Year: 1850
Location: St. Johns Location Type: County

Abstract: George R. Fairbanks seeks to foreclose on a bond for $10, 896.73 executed by Joseph M. Hernandez, and secured by forty-two mortgaged slaves. Fairbanks represents that Hernandez negotiated the bond with the executors of the estate of the late Joseph Hunter with the understanding that Hernandez would make biannual payments towards the principle. The petitioner represents that the defendant has paid "no part of the said principle sum of money" to which he is now entitled.

PAR Number 20585102

State: Florida Year: 1851
Location: Leon Location Type: County

Abstract: Charles Morrison, "subject of the Kingdom of Great Britain and a citizen of London," seeks payment of debts owed to him by the estate of the late Hector W. Braden, for which Braden mortgaged several slaves as security. Morrison states that notes amounting to $9025.35 were "duly and absolutely assigned" to him by the Union Bank of Florida. He charges that following the death of Hector W. Braden, his executor, Joseph A. Braden, "took possession of all the property" and has received the "hires and the fruits and profits of their labor." Morrison asks that the court "decree the payment of the debt due to your Orator" and "that the mortgaged property be sold for the satisfaction and payment of said debt."

PAR Number 20585212

State: Florida Year: 1852
Location: St. Johns Location Type: County

Abstract: Venancio Sanchez states that Cornelius Dupont borrowed fifty dollars from him, using a slave boy, John, as security; Dupont also owes Sanchez $250 for "provisions, clothing and other articles" he received from Sanchez's store. Informing the court that Sabina Dupont, the wife of Cornelius, claims that John belongs to her, the petitioner asserts that she had no rights to the boy at the time of the mortgage and asks the court to issue an injunction against the Duponts and Sabina's father, Manuel Crespo, to prevent them from removing the boy from the jurisdiction of the court. He also requests that the six-year-old slave be sold and that he be paid from the proceeds of the sale.

PAR Number 20585213

State: Florida Year: 1852
Location: Escambia Location Type: County

Abstract: In 1849, Joseph E. Caro borrowed $400 from George W. Barkley, securing the notes with a mortgage on the slave woman, Marianne, "and her future issue and increase." Asserting that said notes "have long since become due and payable," Barkley asks the court to "award Judgment on his favor for the amount of the principal sum of money and the interest thereon ... and also to decree that the said Joseph E. Caro, and all persons claiming or to claim by, through or under him, be forever foreclosed and barred of ... equity of redemption in the said mortgaged slave Marianne."

PAR Number 20585303

State: Florida Year: 1853
Location: Leon Location Type: County

Abstract: John McDougall, administrator of the estate of Joseph W. Lea, asks the court to require Richard Van Brunt Jr. to return a slave named Maria, used by Lea to secure a loan from Van Brunt Sr. The plaintiff charges that shortly after Lea's death, Van Brunt Jr. "took possession of said slave Maria and removed her from the premises of said Lea." He states that the note in question was given to the individuals Lloyd and Flagg whom he has paid, clearing the estate of this debt. McDougall further states that the note "never was designed to be an absolute conveyance" but a mortgage because the slave is a "family servant to whom the family ... are attached and that her value to them could not be estimated or replaced in money."

PAR Number 20585503

State: Florida Year: 1855
Location: Leon Location Type: County

Abstract: Thomas J. Perkins, agent, seeks to foreclose on a mortgage made by John P. K. Savage and Martha B. Savage, in which they mortgaged slaves as security for the payment of debts. The plaintiff states that the defendants had executed "an instrument in writing" acknowledging their indebtedness to J. Wayles Baker for having provided "Board Maintenance and Education" for Martha while she was a minor. Baker signed these notes over to Perkins who claims that the $4000 for which the notes were executed has not been paid.

PAR Number 20585510

State: Florida Year: 1855
Location: St. Johns Location Type: County

Abstract: Venancio Sanchez reminds the court that Cornelius Dupont secured a debt of $50 by mortgaging a six-year-old slave named John. Claiming that "the whole amount thereof is now due and owing to your Orator," Sanchez states that Sabrina Crespo Dupont, the wife of said Cornelius, now claims to have purchased said slave from her father, Manuel Crespo, in 1847 and that John is her property as can be verified by a bill of sale. Noting that John is currently in the possession of Sabrina and her father, the petitioner prays that they both be enjoined from removing said slave out of the court's jurisdiction, that they and Cornelius Dupont answer his allegations, and that "Cornelius Dupont may be decreed to pay to your Orator the amount of said promissory note with interest thereon."

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