Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21383326 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District
Salutation:To the Honorable the Chancellors of South Carolina (, )
Filing Date:1833-January-9

General Petition Information

Abstract:Martha Bonneau, widow of Arnoldus Bonneau, seeks a court order to sell eighteen slaves, whom she owned at the couple's 1813 marriage. When they married, the Bonneaus established a trust estate whereby they conveyed Martha's slaves to trustees to be managed for her benefit during the marriage. She now informs the court that she "is herself unable to manage or work the said slaves to any advantage-- that in proportion to their intrinsic value they yield a very inconsiderable income." She further reports that "they are liable to very heavy expences for food clothing Doctors Bill and other contingencies." Her trustees concur that it is "advisable & prudent" to sell the slaves, and one of the trustees, Joseph Palmer, has promised to purchase nine of the slaves at "as large as price for them as any other person;" two of Martha's sons, John and Peter Palmer, are willing to purchase the remaining slaves. She asks the court to sanction the sale so that the proceeds "may be vested by the said Trustees in such way as they might think most secure and likely to bring in a regular income to your oratrix."
# of Petition Pages:6
Related Documents:Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem, 15 January 1833
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 21383326

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina

  • Records of the Equity Court, Bills
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  • Document Number 1833--11
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  • Microfilm: Order #218, Reel D1269

Processing Information

Record Created:4/21/1999
Record Final Edited:3/23/2004
Record Last Updated on:6/16/2006 2:01:00 PM