Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History

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Record #22 from Abstracts of Petitions to Southern County Courts, 1775-1867

Part of Series B
Microfilm Reel in Collection Series 6
Microfilm Frame on Reel 593
Accession Number (identifies petition on microfilm) 20983721
County Somerset
State Maryland
Year Legislative Petition Filed 1837
Abstract of Petition Rebecca Nelson alleges that a group of slaves who became her property upon the death of her husband, Tubman Nelson, has been forcibly taken by Joshua HItch and their titles transferred to his wife. Hitch defends his action by claiming that a bill of sale for the slaves was given to him by Tubman Nelson. Rebecca Nelson admits that some of the slaves in question were indeed part of a mortgage agreement between her husband and Hitch. Hitch has sold all the slaves except Peter for the sum of $5,000. Nelson asks that Hitch be subpoenaed and forced to produe the bill of sale that he claims to have. She also asks that the court force Hitch to return Peter to her possession and to pay her themoney he has received from Peter's hires and the purchase money for the sale of the other slaves, minus whatever debt her husband's estate owes Hitch.

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