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

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Record #55 from Abstracts of Petitions to Southern County Courts, 1775-1867

Part of Series B
Microfilm Reel in Collection Series 12
Microfilm Frame on Reel 696
Accession Number (identifies petition on microfilm) 20380303
County Sussex
State Delaware
Year Legislative Petition Filed 1803
Abstract of Petition In 1795 and 1796, for "valuable consideration, " John Adams purchased two slave, Saul and Job, from George Adams, obtaining "good & sufficient bills of sale for the same." When George Adams died in 1799, John and William Adams became administrators of his estate, with Eli McCalley posting a security bond. Within a short while, Seth Griffith and others sued the administrators, claiming that they had purchased Nancy Adam's ("George's daughter) interest in the estate. When, in 1802, an arbitration commission awarded Griffith and others 134 pounds "eighten shillings, five pence, one farthing," the price of the two slaves, and the court confirmed the award, John and William Adams refused to pay. In 1803 they sue Griffith and the others charging that they are "guilty of great misconduct and grossly erred both as to the law and facts in this by charging your orators with the price of two Negros" in the settlement of the intestate's estate.

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