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

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Record #24 from Abstracts of Petitions to Southern County Courts, 1775-1867

Part of Series B
Microfilm Reel in Collection Series 6
Microfilm Frame on Reel 841
Accession Number (identifies petition on microfilm) 20983813
County Dorchester
State Maryland
Year Legislative Petition Filed 1838
Abstract of Petition Thomas Layton petitions the court for the return of his slave, Israel Coleman. Layton claims that in 1830 he mortgaged Colemen to Elizabeth Ayres as security for a debt. Ayres transferred the mortgage to James Layton in 1830. Thomas argues that he paid James Layton the full amount of the debt prior to Layton's death but did not regain possession of the slave. He furthur charges that Israel Coleman was distributed as part of James Layton's estate to William Collison, the husband of James Layton's daughter Mary. Having paid the debt, Thomas asks that the court recognizes his right to the slave.

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