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PAR Number 20681110

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

Abstract: Martha Woodard is the administratrix of Henry Woodard's estate, which includes a slave named Toney valued at $400. Martha claims that Toney was "casually lost" and that he "came to the hands & possession of William Gill by finding." Woodard contends that Gill knew that the slave was the property of the estate, but he has maintained use of the slave. She sues for $800 in damages.

PAR Number 20681201

State: Georgia Year: 1812
Location: Liberty Location Type: County

Abstract: John Hudson was the owner of three slaves, Betty, Peggy and a child, valued at $2,000, collectively. On 1 December 1811, he "casually lost" them, and they ended up in the possession of Alexander Forrester. Hudson alleges that Forrester knew that the slaves belonged to him, but with intent to deceive, "convert[ed] them to his own proper use." Hudson claims $2,000 in damages.

PAR Number 20681215

State: Georgia Year: 1812
Location: Wilkes Location Type: County

Abstract: Jemima and Thomas Prather petition by their next friend, James Prather. They claim that they owned five slaves worth $2,200, collectively. On 1 July 1812, they "casually lost" the slaves, who ended up in the possession of Stephen G. Heard. The petitioners allege that Heard knew that the slaves belonged to them, but "converted and disposed of said negroes to his own proper use." Jemima and Thomas Prather claim damages of $2,500 and ask that Heard appear in the next Superior Court session to answer their action of trover.

PAR Number 20681301

State: Georgia Year: 1813
Location: Greene Location Type: County

Abstract: David Boring, Isaac Boring and Robert Baldwin are the administrators of the estate of the late Joseph Boren, "otherwise Called Joseph Boring." The estate includes five slaves, valued at $1,550 collectively. The slaves were recently "casually lost," and they ended up in the possession of John Browning "by finding." The administrators allege that Browning knew that the slaves belonged to the estate. However, with intent to defraud, Browning "Converted and Disposed of the said negroes to his own proper use." The administrators sue for $2,500 in damages.

PAR Number 20681302

State: Georgia Year: 1813
Location: Greene Location Type: County

Abstract: Edward Watts, as administrator for estate of the late William Philips, possessed the slave Will, a blacksmith, deemed to have a $2,000 value. However, he "casually lost" the slave, who ended up in the possession of Collin Alford "by finding." Watts alleges that Alford knew that the slave belonged to him, but "converted said negro man to his own use to the damage of your petitioner administrator as aforesaid five thousand dollars."

PAR Number 20681401

State: Georgia Year: 1814
Location: Greene Location Type: County

Abstract: Isaac Motley alleges that John Alford has defrauded him of $2,000. He owned two slaves, valued at $1,000, but he "casually lost" them and they ended up in the possession of Alford "by finding." Motley alleges that Alford knew that the slaves belonged to him, but he "Converted and Disposed of the said negroes to his own use." He sues for damages.

PAR Number 20681402

State: Georgia Year: 1814
Location: Greene Location Type: County

Abstract: Thomas Houghton claims that he is the owner of three slaves, Willey, Sarah and Asa, valued at $1,500 collectively. He "casually lost" the three slaves in May 1814; they ended up in the possession of Titus G. F. Crawford "by finding." Houghton alleges that Crawford knew that the slaves belonged to him, but with intent to deceive, "converted and disposed of Said Negroes of the value aforesaid to his own proper use." He claims $2,000 damages, and asks that Crawford appear at the next Superior Court to answer "an action of Trover and Conversion &c."

PAR Number 20681405

State: Georgia Year: 1814
Location: Liberty Location Type: County

Abstract: Thomas Dickson and John G. Underwood are administrators of John Dickson's estate. Magg, a "negro wench" valued at $500, belonged to the estate. On 1 January 1814, the administrators "casually lost" the slave, who ended up in the possession of Morgan Mara, "by finding." The petitioners allege that Mara knew that the slave belonged to the estate, but "converted and disposed of the same to his own use." They claim $1,000 damages, and ask that Mara appear at the next Superior Court session to answer them in an action of trover.

PAR Number 20681406

State: Georgia Year: 1814
Location: Wilkes Location Type: County

Abstract: On 20 April 1813, Samuell Jones "casually lost" Reuben, a slave valued at $600. Joel Terrell came into possession of the slave "by finding." Jones alleges that Terrell "deceived and defrauded" him by keeping Reuben, well knowing that it was his, meaning Jones's, property. Jones claims damages of $2,000, and asks that Terrell appear at the next Superior Court session to answer "an action of Trover and Conversion."

PAR Number 20681503

State: Georgia Year: 1815
Location: Greene Location Type: County

Abstract: John Collins and his co-petitioners are the heirs of the late James and William Collins, trustees in their lifetime of the life estate bestowed by Joel Hurt on his wife Tabitha Hurt. The petitioners contend that, as heirs and by right of representation , they have become trustees of the estate and are thus entitled to hold three estate slaves collectively valued at $1,500, Nan and her two boys, Thomas and William. However, they recently "casually" lost the slaves, who have been found in the possession of Joel Hurt. The petitioners claim that Hurt knew that the slaves belonged to the estate, but with intent "to deceive & defraud ... to his own proper use did convert & Dispose" of them. The petitioners claim damages of $3,000 and ask that Hurt appear at the next Superior Court session to answer their "action of Trover and Conversion &c."

PAR Number 20681505

State: Georgia Year: 1815
Location: Greene Location Type: County

Abstract: Epps Duke, as administrator of Isham Duke's estate, possessed two slaves, Hannah and her child John, valued at $800 collectively. However, Duke lost the slaves, who ended up in the possession of Delphy Garner. Duke alleges that Garner knew the slaves belonged to the estate, but "intending to deceive and Defraud your petitioner ... Converted and Disposed of the said Negroes to her own use." He claims damages of $1,000 and asks that Garner appear at the next Superior Court session to answer "an action of Trover & Conversion &C."

PAR Number 20681508

State: Georgia Year: 1815
Location: Greene Location Type: County

Abstract: William Wagnon, an "infant," petitions by his next friend, Nathaniel Howell. Wagnon claims that he owned a slave named Tillah, valued at $500, when on 6 August 1815 he "casually lost." Tillah ended up in the possession of George Slaughter, "by finding." Wagnon contends that Slaughter knew that the slave belonged to him, but "intending to injure & defraud" him "Converted and disposed of the said Negro wench Tillah to his own proper use." Wagnon claims damages of $1,000 and asks that Slaughter appear at the next Superior Court session to answer his "action of Trover & Conversion."

PAR Number 20681518

State: Georgia Year: 1815
Location: Jones Location Type: County

Abstract: William Cotton claims that he is the owner of Anne, a slave valued at $450, and "feather bed and furniture" worth $50. He "did Casually loose" his property, including Anne, who ended up in the possession of Littleton Long "by finding." Cotton contends that Long knew that the property belonged to him, but that he converted and disposed of it for his own purposes. He claims damages of $500, and asks that Long appear at the next Superior Court session to answer his action of trover and conversion.

PAR Number 20681603

State: Georgia Year: 1816
Location: Greene Location Type: County

Abstract: Charles Stephens Lee charges that "he has sustained damage to the amount of eight hundred Dollars" from Archibald Tapley. Lee claims that he "casually lost" a fifteen-year-old slave named Rhoda, deemed $800 in value. According to Lee, Rhoda "came into the hands and possession of the said Archibald Tapley by finding." Lee contends that Tapley knew that the slave belonged to him, but "Intending to Deceive and Defraud your Petitioner ... Converted and Disposed" of her. Lee sues for $800 in damages.

PAR Number 20681608

State: Georgia Year: 1816
Location: Wilkes Location Type: County

Abstract: William H. Boner is the administrator of Rebecca Boner's estate, which included six slaves, valued at $2,850, collectively. In addition to other property, he "casually lost" the slaves, and they "came to the hands and possession of one Thomas Talbot by finding." Boner contends that Talbot knew that the property belonged to the estate, but he "converted the said Negro Slaves and other articles to his own proper use." Boner sues for $6,000 damages.

PAR Number 20681611

State: Georgia Year: 1816
Location: Jones Location Type: County

Abstract: Zachariah and Joseph Shemwell claim damages of $2,000 from Elisha Whatley. They state that they "casually lost" three slaves, Handy, Voilet, and Jane, valued at $2,000, who "came into the hands & possession of the said Elisha Whatley by finding." The petitioners allege that Whatley knew that the slaves belonged to them, but with intent to defraud, "converted them to his own use." They sue for $2,000 in damages.

PAR Number 20681707

State: Georgia Year: 1817
Location: Pulaski Location Type: County

Abstract: Jeffrey Montfort alleges that he was the owner of a female slave named Milley, valued at $1,000, whom he "casually lost." Milley was found in the possession of one Thomas Smith, together with the child to whom she had given birth after her disappearance from Montfort's possession. The child, according to Montfort, has a value of $300. Montfort alleges that Smith knew that Milley and her child belonged to him, but, with intent to deceive, "converted & disposed of the same to his own use." Montfort sues for $2,000 in damages.

PAR Number 20681810

State: Georgia Year: 1818
Location: Jones Location Type: County

Abstract: Aquilla Blakely sues to collect $1,000 in damages from James Tool. He claims that he was the owner, "as of his own proper goods & chattels," of a slave named Lucy, who, in November 1817, came out of his possession. According to Blakely, on the same day that he "casually" lost Lucy, she came into the possession of James Tool "by finding." Blakely contends that Tool knew that Lucy belonged to him, but with intent to deceive, "did convert [her] to his own use."

PAR Number 20681814

State: Georgia Year: 1818
Location: Scriven Location Type: County

Abstract: James Gamble, administrator of John Nicholson's estate, petitions to be compensated for the loss of a slave named Tom. Gamble claims that he "casually lost" Tom, who is part of Nicholson's estate, and the slave came into the possession of Thomas Green. Gamble alleges that Green knew the slave belonged to the estate, but that he "converted and disposed of the said negro slave named Tom to his own use." Gamble sues for $2,000 in damages.

PAR Number 20681901

State: Georgia Year: 1819
Location: Elbert Location Type: County

Abstract: James and Patsy Jenkins Daniel and Franklin and Nancy Cunningham owned a slave, Hardy, worth $2,000. They claim that they "casually lost" Hardy, and that the latter "came into the hands and possession" of James Lockhart "by finding." Although Lockhart was aware of the petitioners' title to Hardy, he refused to deliver the slave to them. They accuse him of deceit and fraud, and claim that he "disposed of the said negro man to his own use," and ask for compensation.

PAR Number 20681903

State: Georgia Year: 1819
Location: Elbert Location Type: County

Abstract: James Jenkins Daniel, Franklin Cunningham, "by right of his wife" Nancy Cunningham, and Patsey Jenkins Daniel claim $3,000 damages from Howard Cash. They claim that they owned a female slave named Rachel and her two children, "Willis, a yellow Boy about three years old" and "John a negro Boy about one year old," each slave with an estimated value of $1,000. They lost the slaves, who ended up in the possession of Howard Cash. The petitioners claim that Cash knew that the slaves belonged to them, but with intent to deceive, "converted and disposed of the said three negroes to his own use."

PAR Number 20681905

State: Georgia Year: 1819
Location: Richmond Location Type: County

Abstract: Edward Shrewsbury claims to be the owner of Melia and her three children, Lucy, Sam and Marian, valued at $3,000, collectively. He contends that he "casually lost" the slaves, who came into the possession of William L. Pope "by finding." Shrewsbury alleges that Pope knew that the slaves belonged to him, but he has refused to return them. Shrewsbury asks that Pope "answer your petitioner in an action of detinue." A related deposition reveals that in 1817, Shrewsbury had stated that the collected value of the four slaves was $1,100.

PAR Number 20681909

State: Georgia Year: 1819
Location: Liberty Location Type: County

Abstract: John Bacon is the administrator of the late James Girardeau's estate. In this capacity he was possessed of a slave named Sambo and various other articles of property, totaling $572 in value. In addition to that property, he also came into the possession of bank notes and promissory notes. Bacon contends that he "casually lost" Sambo as well as the other property. The entire property was found in the possession of John McGowen. Bacon alleges that McGowen knows that the property belongs to the estate, but has not surrendered them. Moreover, Bacon claims, McGowen "converted and disposed of them to his own use." Bacon sues for $2,000 in damages.

PAR Number 20681914

State: Georgia Year: 1819
Location: Elbert Location Type: County

Abstract: In July 1818, John Holmes and five other petitioners named Hall, including his wife Mary Hall, possessed two slaves named Lewcy and Abram. They claim that they "casually lost" the slaves, and that the latter came into the possession of David S. Booth. They allege that Booth knew that the slaves belonged to them, but "contriving & fraudulently intending craftily and subtilly to deceive and defraud your petitioners" has refused to return them. Subsequently, he "converted and disposed of the said goods & chattles to his own use." The petitioners sue for $3,000 in damages.

PAR Number 20682006

State: Georgia Year: 1820
Location: Pulaski Location Type: County

Abstract: Robert W. W. Winne claims that he was the owner of a male slave named John, valued at $1,000, whom he "casually lost" in 1819. He contends that John came into the possession of one Willis B. Reeves and that, the latter well knowing that John belonged to him, kept the slave with intent to deceive. Winne further contends that Reeves "converted and disposed of Said negro to his own use." Winne sues Reeves for $1,000 in damages.

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