Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20784508 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honble Saml S Nicholas Chancellor of the Louisville Chancery Court (NICHOLAS, Samuel S.)
Filing Date:1845-October-21

General Petition Information

Abstract:Eight-year-old Caroline, a girl of color, asserts, by her next friend William Gilless, that she was born a free by virtue of having a white mother. Her mother, following a divorce, gave birth to Caroline, "her father being a man of color." Caroline was later turned her over to Michael Stephens, her mother's half-brother. Stephens has since acted as an "unnatural and inhuman uncle," and he sold Caroline to J. W. Brawner and James Quarles. Despite their knowledge of her claim to freedom, they took her to Louisville and sold her to Stephen Chenoworth and William Kelly. Caroline is currently in the possession of John Price, who has hired her for a term of five years. Caroline fears that Kelly and Price may take her out of the state. She asks that the defendants "be restrained from removeing her from this Commonwealth" and that "on the final hearing a decree be rendered confirming and establishing her right to Freedom."
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:PAR #2084716; Amended Bill, 31 October 1845; Answer, J. W. Browner, 1 March 1846; Answer, William Kelly, 27 October 1845; Deposition, Isaac Everett, 9 December 1847
Pages of Related Documents:12

People Associated with Petition 20784508

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: Kentucky Division of Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, Kentucky

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Case Files
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  • Document Number 4883
  • Box: 2-85
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Processing Information

Record Created:7/12/1996
Record Final Edited:10/6/2000
Record Last Updated on:6/15/2006 11:59:00 AM