Petition #21386127


Mary Cook petitions the court for permission to sell nine slaves, including four women and their children. The petitioner, who has a life estate in said slaves, declares that, for several years, she has hired said slaves out “with very little profit and great annoyance to your Oratrix and to the great injury of themselves, both physically and morally;” instead, she prefers that the slaves be sold and the proceeds therefrom be returned to said trust estate. Cook states that the heirs of David Gaillard have a remainder interest in said slaves and that the said Gaillard served as trustee before his death. The petitioner therefore prays that Theodore DuBose be appointed the new trustee and that the sale of said slaves be sanctioned. A subsequent commissioner’s report reveals that the three slave families were divided among four different owners in 1862.

Result: Granted.

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Repository: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina