Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21085340 Details

State:Mississippi
Location:Yazoo
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable George B. Wilkinson, Judge of the Probate Court of the County of Yazoo (WILKINSON, George B.)
Filing Date:circa 1853

General Petition Information

Abstract:Alexander Smith, administrator of the William Mills estate, asks the court for permission to work the slaves in the estate on land belonging to Mills's widow. The petitioner states that at the time of his death, Mills owned no land; therefore the slaves are now in a state of "unprofitable idleness." Furthermore, he states that "hiring them among strangers would probably result very injuriously to the value of the slaves, and as the season is now somewhat advanced, they would not bring such an amount as to make that course desirable." He therefore asks the court to allow the slaves to be worked on the land previously cultivated by Mills, land that belongs to his widow. The estate will pay her for rent of the land, and she will pay for the hire of the slaves. The proceeds from the cotton crop will be divided among the heirs.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:PARs #21085341, #21085426, #21085427, #21085539, #21085821
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 21085340

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

Citation Information

Repository: Yazoo County Courthouse, Yazoo City, Mississippi

  • Records of the Chancery/Probate Courts
  • Record Group: Container 53-54, Packet 54

Processing Information

Record Created:8/28/1997
Record Final Edited:6/25/2001
Record Last Updated on:5/16/2008 6:58:00 PM