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

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Record #65 from Abstracts of Petitions to Southern County Courts, 1775-1867

Part of Series B
Microfilm Reel in Collection Series 13
Microfilm Frame on Reel 279
Accession Number (identifies petition on microfilm) 20381807
County Sussex
State Delaware
Year Legislative Petition Filed 1818
Abstract of Petition About 1798, Elihu Brittle of Sussex County gave his married daughter, Catherine Wainwright, a black baby named Amy as a gift. When the daughter died in 1804, the child went to her husband, William, who in his will bequeathed Amy to his daughters, Eliza and Hannah. When Wainwright died in 1815, the executor of his estate, Joseph Betts, with the assent of Eliza and Hannah, turned Amy and her one-year-odl child, William, over to Eliza's husband, John Dingle, who sold his wife's half-interest in the slaves to Isaac Cannon for $60, who in turn sold Eliza's half-interst to Burton Waples for $100. A short time after the last sale, Amy gave birth to a second son, Clement. Meanwhile, Hannah married Joshua Burrows of Worcester County, Maryland. Waples now seeks to obtain the other half-interest, arguing that if the slave family were taken to Maryland, they could be sold "to Southern or Western Traders in Slaves." He asks the court to establish a "fair value" for the slaves and permit to "take the said Property at that valuation" or not.

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