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PAR Number 20182101

State: Alabama Year: 1821
Location: Jackson Location Type: County

Abstract: Thomas Hopkins states that when he lived in Warren County, Tennessee, he owned a "Negroe Woman of dark complection aged about 45 years & of the value of about four hundred dollars named Molly" and a "mulatto girl named ayes of light complection aged about sixteen years of the value of about one thousand dollars." Hopkins asserts that the women "were feloniously taken" by John Hammons and transported to Alabama where they were sold by one John McGowan to George W. Thompson, despite knowledge of his (Hopkins's) claim to ownership. Fearing the slaves will be sold, Hopkins asks the court to order Thompson to offer security for them pending the outcome of his suit of recovery.

PAR Number 20284606

State: Arkansas Year: 1846
Location: Lafayette Location Type: County

Abstract: In 1846, Edward L. Pryor files a suit against his brother-in-law, Benjamin F. Ryburn. Pryor asks the court to validate his claim to a female slave named Julia and her two children, who were taken away from his possession by Ryburn three years earlier and have since remained in the latter's possession. During the ensuing trial, several deponents revealed that Pryor had received Julia in 1826 as a wedding gift from his father-in-law, Matthew Ryburn; but Montgomery Ryburn, another Ryburn son who also called to depose in the case, claimed that he had heard his father say that Julia was only a temporary loan to his daughter and ownership had never passed to Pryor. Other depositions also reveal that in 1830 Julia had been seized and sold to pay for debts incurred by Pryor; she was purchased and temporarily remained in the possession of Samuel Pryor, Edward's father. By 1832, however, Julia had returned to Edward's possession. All these events had taken place in Tennessee. In 1836 or 1837, the Pryor and Ryburn families moved to Arkansas where they farmed together. During this time, Julia and her two children were moved around; sometimes they were hired out to one William H. Moore, sometimes they were found on the family farm. In 1843, however, the farming partnership was dissolved and the Ryburn brothers, Benjamin and Montgomery, thought it prudent to take Julia away from Pryor and return her and her children to the Ryburn family. They claim that they had heard rumors that Pryor was about or had already sold Julia. They kept her and her children until Pryor filed his suit. In 1850, four years into the trial, a jury in Lafayette County where Pryor had originally filed his suit returned a verdict in favor of Pryor. However, before the verdict was returned, Pryor had filed another suit asking for a change of venue, claiming that the inhabitants of the county were under the undue influence of the Ryburns and thus prejudiced against him. The change of venue was granted and the suit tried again in Hemptstead County, where the jury again found in favor of Pryor. By that time, Julia had born another child. Ryburn asked for a new trial; his request was overruled; he appealed to the Supreme Court of Arkansas.

PAR Number 20679903

State: Georgia Year: 1799
Location: Greene Location Type: County

Abstract: In 1798, Richard Foster possessed a female slave named Kate. He now claims that in March 1799 he "casually lost the said negroe Girl Kate out of his possession" and that she soon "came into the hands of" Nathan Gouch, Joseph John Martin, and Augustin Williams. Since that time Foster has been unable to recover his property, and he now asks that the defendants be required to pay him five hundred dollars damages.

PAR Number 20680003

State: Georgia Year: 1800
Location: Richmond Location Type: County

Abstract: Basil Lamar explains that he "casually lost out of his Custody" a slave named Hannah valued at $300. He claims that Hannah was found in the possession of James Fox who, well knowing that she belongs to him, proceeded to "convert and dispose" of her "to his own use." Lamar estimates he has incurred damages amounting to $600. He asks the court's intervention on his behalf.

PAR Number 20680201

State: Georgia Year: 1802
Location: Greene Location Type: County

Abstract: In January 1802, John Sims possessed "a likely negro man named Sam," deemed $700 in value. He states that he "casually lost" the man, who "came into the hands & possession of Benjn Sims." John contends that Benjamin knows that Sam is his, but that Benjamin has kept him. John Sims estimates his damages at $1,000 and asks for intervention on his behalf.

PAR Number 20680301

State: Georgia Year: 1803
Location: Chatham Location Type: County

Abstract: John P. Williamson and Zachariah Hoskins write that they were possessed of three slaves, valued at $2,000, in their role as assignees of the property of Matthew Shearer, a bankrupt. They contend that, on 1 January 1803, they "casually lost" the slaves, who ended up, on that same day, in the possession of Moses Way. The petitioners contend that Way knew that the slaves belonged to them, but has not yet returned them. Instead, he "converted & disposed of the said Negro slaves to his own proper use." Williamson and Hoskins ask for intervention on their behalf.

PAR Number 20680302

State: Georgia Year: 1803
Location: Richmond Location Type: County

Abstract: John D'Antignac presents that he owned "a certain Negro wench" named Century. He claims that he "casually lost" the slave, who came into the possession of Molsey Jones. Jones "converted the said Negro Woman to her own use." D'Antignac contends that Jones knew the slave belonged to him, but has refused to pay the $700 damages. He asks for intervention on his behalf.

PAR Number 20680307

State: Georgia Year: 1803
Location: Clarke Location Type: County

Abstract: In 1796, Jane Hunter was the owner of six Negroes valued at $4,000. Hunter claims that she "casually lost" the slaves, and the latter ended up in the possession of Jane Bunton. Jane Bunton has since married Robert Fullwood and the slaves are still in the couple's possession. Hunter alleges that the defendants knew that the slaves were her property, but "converted the said negros" to their "proper use & advantage." Hunter estimates that she has sustained $6,000 in damages. She sues for this amount.

PAR Number 20680403

State: Georgia Year: 1804
Location: Jefferson Location Type: County

Abstract: Daniel Sturges claims that he owns ten slaves whom he "casually lost" and who have now come into the possession of one John Lewis. Sturges contends that he has requested that the slaves be returned to him, but Lewis has "converted and disposed of the said Ten last mentioned negro slaves." Sturges seeks $6,000 in compensation.

PAR Number 20680405

State: Georgia Year: 1804
Location: Clarke Location Type: County

Abstract: William Brewer was the owner of five slaves, collectively valued at $1,000, whom he lost in 1804. The slaves came into the possession of Milner Echols. Brewer alleges that Echols knew that the slaves belonged to him, but "converted them to his own use to the damage of your petitioner three thousand dollars."

PAR Number 20680406

State: Georgia Year: 1804
Location: Clarke Location Type: County

Abstract: William Brewer was the owner of a slave named Willis, deemed to have a $400 value. Brewer lost the slave, who came into the possession of Robert Echols. Brewer alleges that Echols knew that Willis was his property, but intending to "injure and defraud" him, "converted" the slave "to his own use to the damage of your Petitioner eight hundred Dollars."

PAR Number 20680501

State: Georgia Year: 1805
Location: Jefferson Location Type: County

Abstract: George Cox was the owner of Fed, an adult male slave, deemed $600 in value, whom he "casually lost." Fed was later found in the possession of Dempsey Hall. Cox claims that while Hall knew that Fed belonged to him, he "did convert the Said Negro to his own use to the damage of your petitioner twelve hundred dollars." Cox asks for intervention on his behalf.

PAR Number 20680504

State: Georgia Year: 1805
Location: Clarke Location Type: County

Abstract: William Johnson owned an adult female slave named Winney, valued at $500, whom he casually lost. Winney later came into the possession of William Legget. Johnson alleges that Legget knew that the slave belonged to him. However, he "converted and disposed of the Said Negro to his own use." Johnson sues for $1,000 in damages.

PAR Number 20680601

State: Georgia Year: 1806
Location: Greene Location Type: County

Abstract: Jonathan Wilborn was the owner of three slaves, Milley and her two children, valued at $1,500. He "casually lost" the Negroes, who ended up in the possession of Spencer Thomas. He alleges that Thomas knew that the Negroes belonged to him. However, on 17 November 1806, Thomas "converted and disposed of the Said Negroes to his own use." Wilborn sues for $1,500 in damages.

PAR Number 20680701

State: Georgia Year: 1807
Location: Jefferson Location Type: County

Abstract: Elizabeth Palmer, "otherwise Elizabeth Gilman," is the guardian of Nancy Palmer. Elizabeth Palmer Gilman claims that, by virtue of her guardianship, she was possessed of a female slave named Rose. In 1806, Rose was "casually lost" and found in the possession of Joseph Gabriel Posner. Elizabeth alleges that Posner knew that the slave was her property (by way of the guardianship), but with the intent to deceive her he "converted & disposed of the said negro wench, Rose, to his own use." She estimates damages at $1,000.

PAR Number 20680908

State: Georgia Year: 1809
Location: Greene Location Type: County

Abstract: George Tuggle and Duke Cole are the executors of John Cole's estate, which includes Lucy, valued at $500, and her three children, each worth $200. The petitioners claim that in December of the previous year, they "casually lost" the slave, who fell into the possession of Allen Pryor. They allege that although Pryor knew that the slaves were their property, he "converted the said negroes to his own use." They sue for $2,000 in damages.

PAR Number 20681006

State: Georgia Year: 1810
Location: Oglethorpe Location Type: County

Abstract: William Stark claims that he lost five slaves, Liley and her four children, Gilbert, Vina, Cela and Vine, who have a value of $1,800, collectively. They came into the possession of George Phillips, "by finding." Stark alleges that Phillips knew that these slaves belonged to him, but with intent to "deceive & defraud" him, Phillips has refused to deliver them. Stark estimates $3,000 in damages.

PAR Number 20681008

State: Georgia Year: 1810
Location: Jefferson Location Type: County

Abstract: Richard Paulett alleges that David Paulett "hath indamaged your petitioner in the sum of seven hundred and fifty dollars." As administrator to the estate of Jesse Paulett, Richard Paulett "casually lost" a slave named Dick as well as other property, which came into the possession of David Paulett "by finding." Richard claims that David, with intent to defraud, "converted" the slave and other property "to his own use." Richard Paulett is suing for $1,500 in damages.

PAR Number 20681011

State: Georgia Year: 1810
Location: Jefferson Location Type: County

Abstract: Richard Paulett is the administrator of Jesse Paulett's estate. He claims that he "casually lost" a slave named Jane, who came into the possession of John Rus "by finding." Paulett claims that Rus knew that Jane belonged to him, in his position as administrator, but has refused to deliver her. Paulett says that Jane is valued at $400 and he is suing for $800 in damages. He asks for intervention on his behalf.

PAR Number 20681012

State: Georgia Year: 1810
Location: Jefferson Location Type: County

Abstract: Richard Paulett is the administrator of Jesse Paulett's estate. He claims that he "casually lost" a slave named Hesther, "a wench of the value of five hundred dollars." The slave ended up in Thomas Hanner's possession "by finding." Paulett alleges that Hanner knew that Hesther belonged to him, as administrator, but has not delivered her. He "has converted ... [her] to his own use to the damage of your petitioner one thousand dollars." He asks the court for redress of grievances.

PAR Number 20681013

State: Georgia Year: 1810
Location: Greene Location Type: County

Abstract: Allen Pryor was the owner of four slaves, Lucy and her three children, Judy, Jacob and Jane. He contends, however, that the slaves were taken out of his possession and they ended up in the possession of Duke Cole "by finding." Pryor claims that Cole intended to deceive him by not returning the slaves and that he has "converted & disposed of the said goods & Chattels to his own use." Pryor claims damages of $1,500, and asks that Cole be required to appear in the Superior Court to answer his allegations.

PAR Number 20681020

State: Georgia Year: 1810
Location: Wilkes Location Type: County

Abstract: On 8 May 1810, Zimri Tait "casually lost" a slave named Phil, who ended up in the possession of Isaac McLendon, "by finding." Tait alleges that the defendant knew that Phil belonged to him, but "converted and disposed of the said negro to his own use to the damage of your petitioner nine hundred dollars." Tait asks that McLendon be compelled to appear and answer his allegations at the next Superior Court session.

PAR Number 20681101

State: Georgia Year: 1811
Location: Jefferson Location Type: County

Abstract: James Trowell was the owner of a slave valued at $200 named Hannah. On 13 July 1811, he lost the slave, who ended up in the possession of John P. Harvey "by finding." Trowell alleges that Harvey knew that Hannah belonged to him, "but contriving and fraudulently intending craftily and subtily to defraud [him] ... converted & disposed of the same negro wench to his own use." Trowell claims $300 in damages.

PAR Number 20681103

State: Georgia Year: 1811
Location: Greene Location Type: County

Abstract: John Collins and other heirs of James Collins and William Collins present that they are the owners, by right of marital representation and inherited trusteeship, of a female slave named Nan, and her two children, Thomas and Isaac, valued at $1,500. They claim that the three slaves were recently casually lost and came into the possession of Joel Hurt, "by finding." The petitioners allege that Hurt, well knowing that the slaves belonged to them, still refused to deliver them. They contend that Hurt "did convert and dispose to the damage of your petitioners as aforesaid three thousand dollars." They ask that Hurt appear at the next Superior Court session to answer the charges.

PAR Number 20681104

State: Georgia Year: 1811
Location: Liberty Location Type: County

Abstract: James C. Bowler claims that he is the owner of five slaves, whom he "casually lost." They were found in the hands of Morgan Mara. Bowler alleges that Mara knew that the slaves belonged to him, but with intent to deceive, "converted and disposed of the said negro slaves to his own proper use, to the damage of your petitioner two thousand dollars." Bowler asks that Mara be compelled to appear at the next Superior Court session to answer the allegations.

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