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

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Record #31 from Abstracts of Petitions to Southern County Courts, 1775-1867

Part of Series B
Microfilm Reel in Collection Series 7
Microfilm Frame on Reel 696
Accession Number (identifies petition on microfilm) 20984613
County Dorchester
State Maryland
Year Legislative Petition Filed 1846
Abstract of Petition In 1843 Aaron Cook morgaged five slaves to Henry Page as collateral for a loan of $495. The parties agreed to void the bill of sale once the debt was paid. Shortly thereafter, Page died intestate, and letters of administration on his estate were granted to the petitioner, William Rea. Aaron Cook died as well, leaving a last will and testament "by which he manumitted said negroes" and left the remainder of his estate to his widow, Anne Cook. Cook's will named Page as the executor in his stead. Rea asserts that Cook's estate has not compensated Page's estate for the debt. He asks the court to subpoena Wallace and Ann Cook and to autorize the sale of as many of the morgages slaves as is necessary to satisfy the debt.

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