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

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Record #51 from Abstracts of Petitions to Southern County Courts, 1775-1867

Part of Series B
Microfilm Reel in Collection Series 12
Microfilm Frame on Reel 239
Accession Number (identifies petition on microfilm) 20379401
County Sussex
State Delaware
Year Legislative Petition Filed 1794
Abstract of Petition In 1786, Curtis Brown borrowed slightly more than 72 pounds from Edward Ross, promising to repay the loan in six years with interest, and mortaging 140 acres of land with "tenements and appurtenances." He also gave Ross five slaves - Isaac, Hannah, Jesse, Jacob, and Jack - to sue and "enjoy the fruits of their labor." Now Ross has died, and his "representative," Maud Draper and Anna Ross Draper, his widow and administratrix of his estate, refuse to return th slaves, claiming they wer not mortages but sold. Brown seeks the return of his slaves.

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