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

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Record #79 from Abstracts of Petitions to Southern County Courts, 1775-1867

Part of Series B
Microfilm Reel in Collection Series 13
Microfilm Frame on Reel 1196
Accession Number (identifies petition on microfilm) 20385701
County Sussex
State Delaware
Year Legislative Petition Filed 1857
Abstract of Petition In 1823, slave owner William Shockley published his last will and testament, bequeathing to his wife, Elisabeth, a life estate in their land, farmhouse, outbuildings, livestock, and two slaves, the Negro boy James and Negro girl Harriet. Shockley died a short time later, as did his wife. The estate and land reverted to their two daughters, Eliza and Keturah, both of whom married men named Davis. Eliza died in childbirth in 1824, and her husband, Henry Davis, gained possession of half of Shockley's land. In 1854, he sold the land to George S. Davis, one of the petitioners. The other daughter, Keturah, married John C. Davis, and the couple had seven children before he died in 1843. Following Keturah's death in 1856, members of the Davis families - Robert, George, Eliza Ann, and Mark Davis on the one side, and minors Mary, Catherine, and Thomas Davis on the other - fight over partitioning the land.

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