Seventy-two-year-old Ephraim Wilson, a free person of color, seeks title to a house and lot on Henrietta Street in Charleston. He had previously entrusted his marriage certificate and other valuable documents to his guardian, Oliver M. Smith, a lawyer now deceased, but Smith had lost or misplaced them. The documents proved that the last persons who owned the Henrietta Street property were Wilson’s wife, Maria E. Wilson, and his stepson, Felix Bradshaw, both deceased and leaving no heirs at law. Wilson asks that the law concerning escheats "may be remitted and the Title to the lot vested in him."
Result: Referred to judiciary committee.
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Repository: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina