Petition #20184904


In 1842, Miles M. Johnson of Florida, and Cornelius J. M. Andrews and Elizabeth Johnson, executor and executrix of the will of the late Isham Johnson of Barbour County, Alabama, obtained a judgment of more than five thousand dollars against William Wyatt and William H. Wyatt in the Superior Court of Leon County, Florida. To avoid paying the debt, the Wyatts arranged for Ephraim Ponder to move a number of slaves to Alabama, where he sold some for cash and some through notes issued in his name. The slaves were worth about six thousand dollars The plaintiffs sue the Wyatts, Ponder, and lawyers hired to collect on the notes, charging fraud, and winning a judgment in excess of eight thousand dollars. The lawyers, however, were not found culpable.

Result: Granted.

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Repository: Barbour County Clerk's Office, Clayton, Alabama