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

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Record #89 from Abstracts of Petitions to Southern County Courts, 1775-1867

Part of Series C
Microfilm Reel in Collection Series 1
Microfilm Frame on Reel 862
Accession Number (identifies petition on microfilm) 21680307
County Accomack
State Virginia
Year Legislative Petition Filed 1803
Abstract of Petition Thomas Phillips requests that Curtis Willis, the executor of Thomas Meere, "be compelled to make up an account of his sd. Testators administration on the Estate of sd. Abraham Taylor." Phillips explains that he purchased "a certain negro woman of the name of Dianah at the price of 30 pounds from Taylor in the mid-1790s. When Taylor died a short time later, the administrator of his estate, Thomas Meers, sued Phillips for the return of Dianah and her child Betty. The petitioner reports that the court rendered a judgment against him, whereupon he applied to Taylor's estate, which "was answerable to him for the value of slaves so recovered & his costs afsd upon the implied warranty which is annexed by law to every sale of a chattel, where the title of the vendor proves defective." Noting that Meers did not respond to his request before he died, Phillips now asks that Taylor's heirs "pay to your Orator the amount of his sd. Demands."

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