Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184620 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Lowndes
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Anderson Crenshaw Chancellor of the Southern Chancery Division of the State of Alabama, sitting for the 12th District at Hayneville (CRENSHAW, Anderson)
Filing Date:1846-August-2
Ending Date:1849-May

General Petition Information

Abstract:When Elizabeth Harrison married James Harrison in 1837 she possessed in her own right a number of slaves--Phil, Phil's wife Yarico, Bob, Caleb, Eady, Little Bob, Little Phil, and Milley--inherited from her deceased father. Although they had signed a prenuptial agreement about her separate property, the couple signed a deed in 1838 showing that they were for her separate use. Unfortunately, she asserts, no trustee was appointed and, as she discovered years later, Milley had been omitted in the text of the deed of trust. In 1841, a New York firm obtained a judgment against her husband, and in 1842 James Harrison declared bankruptcy. Now, Elizabeth asks the court to decree the slaves "named in said deed, together with their increase & future increase to be the sole and separate property of Oratrix, and also the girl Milley and her increase & future increase, free from the control & management of her said Husband."
Result:partially granted
# of Petition Pages:6
Related Documents:PAR #20184718; Copy of Deed of Gift, James Harrison to Elizabeth A. Harrison, 10 April 1838
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 20184620

Slaves:8
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:6
Petitioners:2
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Lowndes County Courthouse, Hayneville, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Final Records
  • Volume: 6
  • Page: 27-33; 40-43; 81-82

Processing Information

Record Created:11/6/1995
Record Final Edited:11/28/1999
Record Last Updated on:4/26/2007 4:17:00 PM