Petition #20185301


In 1850, Catharine Ferguson, owner of "a very likely negro girl slave" named Emaline or Puss, and five other slaves, married William Whittle Sr. On Christmas Day 1852, William "secretly abandoned his house" and "carried off the said negro slave Emaline or Puss-- and has fled to parts unknown." The wife sues for the return of her slave, or payment, and asks that William be removed as her trustee and that she be declared a free dealer with the authority to possess, control, and manage her separate estate. The court grants her petition; Catharine is allowed to manage her property, together with "the rents, issues, proceeds, and profits thereof." She also regains possession of Emaline.

Result: Granted pro confesso.

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Repository: Lowndes County Courthouse, Hayneville, Alabama