Andrew Davis, a free man of color, seeks the resolution of a property dispute. Davis states that in October 1850, he was very ill and feared that he would die. His sister, Elizabeth Davis, persuaded him to execute a deed conveying the title of his property to her. Andrew Davis argues that the deed was executed with a verbal agreement that in the event of his recovery, the land would be conveyed back to him, or in the event of his death, the title would be given to his wife and heirs. The petitioner charges that Elizabeth Davis never paid any money for the property. However, she now claims ownership and refuses to restore his title to the land now that he has recovered. Andrew Davis seeks an injunction preventing his sister from selling the property and asks that the deed be canceled.
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