Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21681802 Details

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Location Type:City
Salutation:To the Honourable Dabney Carr Judge of the Superior Court of Chancery holden at Winchester (CARR, Dabney)
Filing Date:1818-February-7
Ending Date:1818-February-7

General Petition Information

Abstract:When John and Elizabeth Latham married, they entered into an agreement whereby each would retain their own property and Elizabeth's estate, which included ten slaves, would be placed into a trust. Later, however, she decided to sell Keziah, a female slave who repeatedly ran away and demonstrated "a thievish disposition." With her verbal consent, John Latham sold Keziah "to a person residing in the State of Georgia who was in this Country purchasing negroes to remove to the place of his residence." He then bought another slave, Mary, but the bill of sale "was in his own name instead of the names of your Orators William and John to whom Keziah the woman sold as aforesaid was convey'd in Trust." When one of John Latham's creditors "sued out an Execution against the goods & Chattels of your Orator John the husband of your Oratrix," the sheriff seized Mary and "the said negro woman altho in Equity and Justice the property of your Orators William & John as Trustees for your Oratrix will be sold to satisfy the said Execution issued for a debt contracted by your Orator John the husband of your Oratrix." The petitioners pray to stay "further proceedings."
# of Petition Pages:6
Related Documents:Order, 7 February 1818; Court Record, April 1818--1821; Indenture, John Latham, Elizabeth Monroe, William Monroe and John Wiatte, 26 December 1811
Pages of Related Documents:4

People Associated with Petition 21681802

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Ended Superior Court Causes
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  • Box: 33
  • Folder: 1821
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Processing Information

Record Created:6/4/1999
Record Final Edited:3/1/2001
Record Last Updated on:5/20/2009 12:02:00 PM