Petition #21683003


Dodson Puckett purchased a slave named Bob from John Martin in 1827 for four hundred dollars, paying "more than twenty dollars" in cash and signing a bond for the balance. The two men mutually agreed that Bob should stay in Martin's possession "until his crop of that year was finished." Martin died before the end of the year, and the executor of his estate, Jacob Thomas, soon questioned the validity of the transaction, asking that the case be submitted to arbitration. Puckett signed a bond with Thomas in the interim to hire the slave during the year for sixty dollars. To Puckett's surprise, Thomas "prosecuted the said bond to a judgment." He now asks the court to enjoin Thomas "from proceeding further to enforce the payment of the said judgment."

Result: Partially granted.

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Repository: Halifax Circuit Court Building, Halifax, Virginia