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

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Record #69 from Abstracts of Petitions to Southern County Courts, 1775-1867

Part of Series B
Microfilm Reel in Collection Series 13
Microfilm Frame on Reel 775
Accession Number (identifies petition on microfilm) 20382606
County Sussex
State Delaware
Year Legislative Petition Filed 1826
Abstract of Petition In 1821, Elzey Spicer died, leaving his daughter, Caty Spicer Fletcher, two slaves - Rose and her son, William. Shortly afterwards, Fletcher and her husband were sued for an old debt, and the sheriff confiscated the two slaves, putting them on the auction block. Caty and her brother, Curtis Spicer, executor of their father's estate, agreed that Curtis should purchase the slaves and turn them over to Caty, but after buying them for $75 he refused to turn over William, and he sold Rose in his sister's behalf but kept the money. The "Conduct and Dealing" of Curtis, the Fletchers charge, was unfair and illegal, and after Curtis's death in 1823, they sue Rhoda Spicer Curtis's widow and the executor of his estate, seeking reimbursement.

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