Petition #20186311


In 1841, prior to her marriage, Mary A. Marshall obtained an agreement from her future husband, William Marshall, that a slave she owned named Jeff would be kept for “her sole & separate use.” In 1863, "dissatisfied with the conduct of said negro Jeff, and being desirous to send him away from this section of the country in order that he might avoid his bad influence on the other slaves," William sold Jeff to slave trader Richard Harris, who promised to take him to "some remote part of the Confederacy (east Tennessee or Virginia) so that he would not probably get back to Mobile." Instead, Harris sold him to Jose Antunez of Mobile. Mary Marshall asserts that her husband had no authority to sell the slave. She seeks a subpoena requiring the parties to appear in court and asks for a writ requiring the sheriff to seize "and take into his possession the said negro Jeff."

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Repository: University of South Alabama Archives, Mobile, Alabama