Petition #21386133


The children of the late Ascenith Hunt request the partition of their late mother's estate. They inform the court that their mother had a life interest in eighty acres of land and nine slaves. The petitioners request that a guardian ad litem be appointed to represent the interests of John Hunt and that the partition of the estate among the heirs be decreed. A subsequent court order reveals that the court denied the partition on the grounds that it could not be achieved "without injury to the parties;" instead, the court authorized the sale of said slaves at public auction on 1 December 1861 and the distribution of the proceeds among the heirs. Included with the petition is a letter in which John Belton O'Neall describes the mobilization of the local militia. O'Neall notes that the mobilization resulted in a "panic" in the community, as "the countrey would be left intirely at the mercy of the slaves."

Result: Partially granted.

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